Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 11:40 am  |  43 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire on Mike D’Antoni: ‘Everyone Wasn’t Buying Into His System’

When asked about Mike D’Antoni’s surprising decision to resign, Amar’e Stoudemire said that he couldn’t get through to the team (or, more to the point, couldn’t get Carmelo Anthony to buy into his offensive system.) All hail the Mike Woodson Era! Per the NY Daily News: “Amar’e Stoudemire on Mike D’Antoni resigned because ‘everyone wasn’t buying into his system’ and that it made the Knicks former head coach ‘look bad.’ The implication, of course, is that D’Antoni resigned on Wednesday because he could no longer work with Carmelo Anthony, who had struggled under D’Antoni since last year’s celebrated trade with the Denver Nuggets. Tyson Chandler, however, defended Anthony, saying that his All-Star teammate had become an easy scapegoat with the Knicks getting off to an 18-24 start. After beating Portland to snap a six-game losing streak Wednesday night, Anthony refused to accept responsibility for D’Antoni abruptly stepping down. ‘It didn’t have anything to do with that,’ Anthony said. ‘That was Coach’s decision. I really don’t know where his mind-set was at, what he thought, what he’s thinking as far his decision to step down. Anything about me and Mike he’ll tell you we never had any issues. Any disagreements he had with us as a team we talked about and we went from there.’ […] Stoudemire, who was an All-Star under D’Antoni in both Phoenix and New York, became less and less of a factor after Anthony was acquired. The Knicks were a dynamic offensive team in the pre-Melo days, but in the 74 games they played since the Anthony trade and with D’Antoni as the coach the Knicks went 32-42. Last week, Anthony admitted that he was struggling to adjust to an offense in which Jeremy Lin, and not he, was the primary ball-handler. ‘I know he tried to implement a certain system,’ Stoudemire said. ‘And everyone wasn’t buying into it, so he may have been a little frustrated so he felt stepping down was the best way for him.’”

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    Ship his arse out.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’ve been a fan of Melo for a while now, but it makes you wonder… While he was out, every freaking story was about how the Knicks were finally gelling, and how they were developing the right chemistry and having fun, etc. He comes back, and suddenly every story is about how the Knicks don’t have the right chemistry.

  • RunNGun

    The KNicks beat a lowly Blazers team and all is well again? Laughable… truly a joke. Everyone knows Melo is the problem; that’s why he got booed.


    @Teddy there is nothing to wonder about. Melo is not a problem on this Knicks team. Anyone who suggesting that likely has some sort of axe to grind and/or they haven’t a clue what’s going on within this Knicks team. I’m not happy to see D’Antoni go, but I feel the time was right. Time to start putting the square pegs in the square holes, and the round pegs in round holes for this Knicks offense. What do you say? Let’s do this. So easy!


    RunNGun is definitely special.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    if the system included passing the ball, amare’s statement is probably true

  • http://slamonline.com the kidd 7

    I would have to agree with both post orange4ever good call

  • Willis

    Melo is easily most overrated player in the world.

  • floe

    ship his ass to houston. wanker.

  • AndifromAustria

    I was believing melo really wanted to win and therwfore be a part of this teams plans. It now seams more and more like he just doesn’care that much about his teqm just about himself. Good luck mr woodson. As long as phil jackson doesn’t come out of retirement to get things straight, it will be another frustrating season for a knicks fan like me! I really wanted this to work but well….

  • crooklyn

    With D’antoni it was “my way or the highway”. A lot of players were victims to that and now Mike is definitely living it out also. I was real critical of D’antoni but after that Jared Jeffries speech I backed off. I still believe defense wins, but I respect him for trying. Because the NY media are the biggest a-holes in the universe

  • BadDean

    I swear the majority of people just repeat what they hear in the media. Carmelo is the problem for an entire team? Total nonsense. Is he part of the problem? Yes. But there are other major problems like… 1) This team can’t rebound. Period. 2)Jeremy Lin (who I like)just gives the ball away something like 6x a game. Just gives it away! He can’t defend and lately he can’t shoot either. 3) Speaking of defense the TEAM defense is awful. 4) Anyone seen Amar’e this year? Just asking. 5) Mike D’Antoni is a one dimensional coach who has never in his life heard of an adjustment. I know this doesn’t make a compelling narrative like “Melo is cancer!” but it’s the truth.

  • anthony y

    They weren’t buying it cause it doesn’t work. His system was about outscoring the other team instead of stopping the other team. You have to play d at some point in this league and they dont. They are not going anywhere until they stop being high paid individuals doing what their paid to do and become a team. That means melo, who is my dude, needs to learn to take better shots and play without the ball in his hands, stat needs to rebound and at least make an effort to alter shots Ames give chandler some help down there..I want to root for them and I’m from Boston!! They just gotta give me something more than three weeks of linsanity.

  • Sparker

    melo seems to say the right things (other than mindlessly repeating the word “mindset”), but it just doesn’t seem to ring true. when he came to the nba, he wasn’t really living up to his potential. but then (and I’m pretty sure i read this in one of lang’s columns) he put in serious work w a shooting coach, elevated his game and became an all-star. and anyone who watched him play in the olympics had to like his attitude (i still remember sensing that he was really key in pumping up chris bosh). you could argue that he was never going to be a good fit w d’antoni’s system, which favours point guards, mobile point 5s and spot up shooters who spread the floor. but he had major issues w karl too. who’s telling him he can rest on his laurels and demand his due as a superstar? his agent? his wife? because when you compare his talent level to that of most other superstars, it seems fair to say that he’ll need to stay humble and work really hard to maintain his elite status

  • @boweezy24

    No One Wants To Coach MELO!


    NOT TO DIGRESS, but last night the ball went through Amar’e and Melo in the first half. It’s so obvious, the road to the Knicks playoffs goes through Melo and Amar’e! Woodson figured that out right away. Knicks winning by 42 points last night against the Blazers was definitely impressive. I don’t care what anyone says. 42 point win in the NBA is a 42 point win. Not like the Blazers the worst team in the NBA.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    It bugged me out that Woodson was substituting players damn near every few minutes. It worked though. But like I said, until they beat a bunch of playoff teams convincingly, i’m skeptical. I did like the fact that they were huddling a lot during the game showing some camaraderie. That’s something we ain’t never seen during the D’Antoni era. Hopefully they own to something…

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    Is there anyone (not counting knick fans) who thinks melo is not overrated/a slight problem on that team? Or is that generally common consensus?

  • DruNyce

    People are so clueless they believe whatever BS the media feeds them. The Knicks are not as bad defensively as some think (ranked 10th). The problem was they don’t get stops at critical moments in a game. When the head coach does not demand accountability on the D-end (nor teach it). WTF do you expect? He didn’t want the Knicks to trade for Melo because he didn’t fit the system. Which is a joke to begin with IMO…. It requires everybody stand on the wings (3pt line) while the PG does whatever he wants. Whether that be, run the pick and roll, or hit the open man. EVERYBODY has a license to shoot if you’re open; preferably 3s (no identity). His inability to make in-game adjustments is inexcusable. How long does it take an ‘offensive genius’ to maximize a players strengths? Melo works in the post & on the elbow. He’s having a rough year but to say he’s the sole reason they are losing is moronic. It’s a TEAM sport, period. D’antoni is notorious for not wanting to adjust his style, that’s why he was ran out of PHX.

  • DruNyce

    *got ran*

  • abaci

    Melo is overrated plain and simple. Obviously the system and the players were not a match. but it doesn’t change melo being overrated.

  • Bawse

    D’ antoni’s style is not going to work without spot shooters and a great point guard. With that said Melo is a team cancer. How are you great and you leave a team and they IMMEDIATELY get better and the team you go on gets worse? Then you get hurt and they GET BETTER. Dude hasnt played team ball since Cuse days. That run to the Western Conference finals would have went better if he was a better leader. That team did not EVEN COMPETE with the Lakers. If I were the owner I would give Melo one more season and then if it didnt work I would ask him to list what top 5 places he doesnt want to go. I would send him to the 1st place on his list on a silver platter. See if him and his 40 year old wife who wants to be a Model & Actor can make it in Milwaukee.

  • Bawse

    D’ antoni’s style is not going to work without spot shooters and a great point guard. With that said Melo is a team cancer. How are you great and you leave a team and they IMMEDIATELY get better and the team you go on gets worse? Then you get hurt and they GET BETTER. Dude hasnt played team ball since Cuse days. If I were the owner I would give Melo one more season and then if it didnt work I would ask him to list what top 5 places he doesnt want to go. I would send him to the 1st place on his list on a silver platter. See if him and his 40 year old wife who wants to be a Model & Actor can make it in Milwaukee.


    +1 DruNyce +1 DruNyce…So nice I and oned you twice.


    Bawse is so salty. lol

  • Bawse

    Woodson doesnt have the balls to tell Melo when he is playing terrible. He will be a yes man all the way. Amare and Melo combine to be the worse defensive front court in the league. Poor Chandler will be missing Dirk and Marion for as long as he is with them. Also Chandler can forget about seeing the ball on oops from Lin. Melo will be going 1on 3 with no foot speed or court vision.

  • Bawse

    Not salty just a disgusted melo watcher and defender. Dude is a team cancer. I realize he doesn’t care about winning. Hopefully it will work out b.c D’Anotni’s style isnt championship basketball. Melo needs to go soon.


    Bawse, I think you need to go soon.

  • RunNGun

    @ORANGE you put the Ed in Special Ed. Enjoy it while you can while the Knicks enjoy the 9th seed in the East.


    Looks like I struck a nerve, when I called RunNGun special. rofl

  • RunNGun

    LOL How’s my Bulls taste?

  • truthteller

    I don’t know but something just isn’t right. When melo was out the team found a way to with Lin. Melo gets back and they lose 6-7 games and all of a sudden, the system desn’t work and then the coach gets fired? If melo isn’t 100% of the knicks problem, he shares 85% of it.

  • jimmer

    Both men, D’antoni and Melo, are outright single minded. They will never adjust anything they do for anyone. Melo, doing what he does now, will never win you a title. D’antoni was the sole reason PHX didn’t win a title. This was never going to work out well. In ’07, D’antoni had one of the deepest teams in the NBA, and played a rotation of 7 guys because they were the ones who fit his system. The next year the team, and management, got tired of it all, and it was broken up. NY didn’t even get to have the good times, 60+wins and playoff runs. just 10 games of Linsanity. bad bad times.

  • Waggle

    Not that I think Mike D was the ideal coach, but man. Inmates running the asylum.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18NBM3X0mHk IAMORANGE4EVER

    Y’all gonna make me lose my mind Up in here, up in here.

  • Sin City

    Knicks win by 42 points and Lin’s stats were triple 6. 6 points, 6 dimes, 6 turnovers. Obviously, Melo is the blame for that.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I’m reading that people are wondering what is Lin’s problem on the pick and roll. Why he can’t do certain things with the ball.
    Keep telling you all that Jeremy Lin is not a point guard.
    As for D’Antoni? His career is at a crossroad.
    Lin saved it this season.
    Anthony is destroying it this season.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18NBM3X0mHk IAMORANGE4EVER

    Philo I noticed a hint of troll in that last comment. Very subtle, yet very effective. Smooth trolling. lol

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    This was long over due, no coach has ridden the laurels of a no defense based offense centric system that never won anything than Mike D. He had Steve Nash, who deserves way more credit now for all those wins. Without Nash Mike D was a 24 million dollar liability every night. Had us screaming at the screen shouting “Amare is your guy! Make him play some goddamn D”. Last night Mike Woodson showed Knicks fans what they paid for, the offense to run through Melo and Amare. Not some 5 turnovers minimum social media joke.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    You know that I love being right.
    Moreso, I love to gloat when I’m right.
    At least, when I THINK I’m right.

  • TripleDouble

    Hey what was the Jared Jeffries speech someone referred to above? What did JJ say?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    Just an observation any Knick fans who don’t see that Melo is a misfit on the team doesn’t watch enough games. He always puts up difficult @ss shots and in a team that’s meant for a half court game that is deadly, you need to rotate the ball around.

  • crooklyn

    @TripleDouble, It was after a game when a reporter asked D’antoni about people booing Jared Jeffries, and Coach let it all out about how those people need to” look at their lives”, because something is wrong with them. Basically he was just showing his love for lesser celebrated players who are necessary for team success.