Knicks Win: What a Difference a Coach Makes

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: (L) Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks drives against (R) Chris Johnson #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Imagine this: A few hours after Knicks’ head coach Mike D’Antoni resigned after a six-game losing streak, the animating question in tonight’s game against the Portland Trailblazers was whether the Knicks were showing good sportsmanship. With good reason, maybe: The Knicks beat the “Failblazers” by 42 points, 121–79, and the team looked positively giddy in the last minutes of the game, shooting three-pointers with the apparent ease of layups. It really happened!

D’Antoni resigned today after reported tension between D’Antoni and Carmelo Anthony. After the game, Anthony told reporters that he and “Coach Mike” had a “great relationship.” Anthony said that he and D’Antoni were supposed to talk that evening: “I’ll probably send him a text or something like that.”