A little less than a month ago, Jeremy Lin was taking New York City–and the world–by storm, bringing Linsanity to the people. The trend was so popular, as was the Knicks’ minor winning streak, some speculated Lin’s play was in the process of saving head coach Mike D’antoni’s job. Fast forward to March, and, well, things are different.
Reports are Linsanity is dying–extended losing streaks have a way of doing that–and now, the once-saved Mike D’antoni is now out of a job, having resigned his position as head coach of the New York Knickerbockers.
Naturally, Twitter is blowing up about D’antoni’s decision, but before that, some speculation. While Lin was credited with giving D’antoni a stay of execution, Carmelo Anthony is taking the heat as the one responsible for the failure the Knicks have been exhibiting. Furthermore, there were rumors of Anthony not wanting to play for D’antoni anymore, something he denied.
On Twitter, of course.
Alright, enough with all this trade talk. It’s making me sick to my stomach to hear that I wanna leave NY.
While denying the trade talks is well and good, Anthony didn’t necessarily step up for his now ex-coach, either. As for the Twitter explosion, as of this writing, the phrase “Mike D” was the top Twitter trend, and no, it wasn’t talking about the Beastie Boys MC, either. There’s even a fake Mike D’antoni Twitter account, and it, too, got in on the fun:
The Knicks and I have mutually agreed to part. Dolan agreed to keep Melo and make me play him and I agreed to tell him to go fuck himself.
Sounds like a pleasant dream to have, but this final gem is aimed directly at Knicks fans who want to turn back the clock:
Mike D’antoni has resigned from the Knicks…Calipari to the Knicks rumors will now begin
Um, not everyone idolizes Calipari like you do, Matt.
Note the hashtag.
Mike D’Antoni announces plans to write much-emailed Times op-ed
It’s funny because it’s relevant.
Carmelo got Mike D fired,. That’s a cold deal
These last two do a great job of demonstrating the line between “Yay, he’s gone” and “They fired D’antoni? WTH?” Which side of the coin are you on?