Mike D’Antoni Comes Clean About Knicks Tenure: ‘I Quit Because of Carmelo’

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Mike D’Antoni currently has his Houston Rockets squad within two wins of reaching the Western Conference Finals, but just 5 years ago, everything wasn’t all peaches and cream.

D’Antoni recently revealed the real reason why he resigned on March 14, 2012 as the head coach of the New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony.

At that time, Carmelo reportedly stated he didn’t want to remain a Knick at the trade deadline if he knew D’Antoni would return next season. D’Antoni resigned later that afternoon.

According to a new ESPN Magazine profile on D’Antoni and his wife, Laurel, D’Antoni didn’t want to remain with the Knicks because of Anthony’s reported ultimatum.

“I just went in and quit,” D’Antoni told the magazine.

“Don’t say ‘quit,’” Laurel says. “I hate that word. You resigned. You walked away. Mutually walked away.”

Mike rolls his eyes and turns to me.

“I quit,” he says.

Anthony was bothered by several matters, including the coach’s favoritism of Jeremy Lin, who was running the coach’s speed-ball offense.”

Five years later and Anthony is still fighting another power struggle with Phil Jackson over the triangle offense.

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