James Dolan is not the most popular person in New York today.
Mike D’Antoni parted ways from the New York Knicks on Wednesday, and by all accounts, the decision was agreed upon by both parties according to a statement made by Dolan himself (via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News):
Dolan, via a statement, says he &D'Antoni “mutually agreed that it would be best for the organization if he did not continue" coaching.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 14, 2012
A source with knowledge of the discussions says D’Antoni and Knicks chairman James Dolan mutually agreed to terminate D’Antoni’s job with New York after the two met this morning.
D’Antoni, the source said, had been advocating that the Knicks attempt to trade Anthony to the New Jersey Nets for guard Deron Williams, a deal D’Antoni believed would be beneficial for both franchises. But Dolan categorically declined that request, and the “conflicting visions” between the owner and head coach about Anthony meant there was no way forward.
It sounds like Dolan is all-in with Carmelo Anthony. Whoever comes in to replace interim head coach Mike Woodson has to be on board despite the Knicks being 26-37 with 'Melo and 34-31 without him in the last 128 games.
The report states that D'Antoni requested a meeting Wednesday morning after his relationship with 'Melo had deteriorated rather quickly.
Would a Deron Williams for Carmelo Anthony deal have been the right move?
The potential lineup with Deron Williams around in a D’Antoni system would be incredibly talented. It would be extremely high-scoring, fast-paced and nobody would be hogging the ball. As great of a scorer as ‘Melo is, he's an isolation player that thrives in one-on-one situations.
This is not the D’Antoni way of basketball.
Having three point guards in Williams, Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis that can run the floor, find the open man and keep the offense flowing would be a matchup nightmare.
Instead, Dolan has made it clear this is ‘Melo’s team and everybody else has to adjust accordingly. Today's decision sends a message loud and clear about who is important within the organization.
Dolan is a hardheaded owner that loves to remind people he is the one making all of the decisions.
Today is just the latest example.