By THE NEW YORK TIMES
D’Antoni was in his fourth season as the team’s coach and just weeks ago was jubilant over the surprise emergence of Jeremy Lin as a point guard who could orchestrate the team’s offense in the up-tempo way that D’Antoni envisioned.
But the subsequent return from injury of Carmelo Anthony, a star player who never seemed in sync with D’Antoni’s vision that no one offensive player should dominate the ball, quickly soured the Knicks’ situation.
Instead of Linsanity, and Sports Illustrated covers devoted to Lin, there was the old, and familiar, intrigue about whether Anthony and D’Antoni could co-exist. On Wednesday morning, Anthony denied to reporters that he was asking the Knicks for a trade. Instead, hours later, D’Antoni resigned.