Rumor: Has Mike D’Antoni lost ‘Melo and Knicks?
Carmelo Anthony has told a confidant that he prefers a trade from the Knicks before the deadline, according to a source. Anthony reportedly believes Mike D’Antoni and Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that his opinion hasn’t been sought more on personnel moves. “The organization makes believe his opinions don’t matter,’’ the source said.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, Mike D’Antoni has lost the New York Knicks.
D’Antoni lost the NBA’s flagship franchise the moment owner James Dolan forced him and GM Donnie Walsh to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.
D’Antoni didn’t want Anthony. Neither did Walsh. They sacrificed a decent team to land the one-dimensional scorer and appease Dolan, the man who signs their pay cheque.
Anthony, since arriving at Madison Square Gardens, has refused to buy-in to D’Antoni’s system. Instead, he’s trying to make the coach and teammates buy-in to his system of shooting at will.
Not surprisingly, it hasn’t worked.
Here’s the problem: D’Antoni can’t hold Anthony accountable for insubordination. The small forward is armed with a three-year, $60 million contract and still has Dolan’s support.
Then there’s D’Antoni’s contract -as in he doesn’t have one beyond this year. Dolan and/or Walsh haven’t extended him, which means he’s a lame-duck.
The players know this, too. So the headstrong Knicks are unlikely to follow D’Antoni’s orders, preferring to ‘get theirs’ and ‘do their’ thing.
Add it up and there’s only one outcome: D’Antoni’s gone.
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