D’Antoni Said to Be Out as Knicks’ Coach Amid Losses, Bickering

Mike D’Antoni is out as coach of the New York Knicks amid a six-game losing streak and locker- room bickering, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The person was granted anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it.

Barry Watkins, a spokesman for Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the Knicks, declined to comment on D’Antoni in an e- mail. Yahoo! Inc.’s website reported today that D’Antoni left in a mutual decision with team owner James Dolan.

The departure came hours after the New York Post said that All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony wanted to be traded by tomorrow’s National Basketball Association deadline and had created a rift with D’Antoni. Anthony responded on Twitter today, saying he didn’t want to be traded and told reporters at practice that he supported the coach.

It also comes less than a month after the Knicks, with Anthony sidelined by injuries and Jeremy Lin taking over as their point guard, had become the toast of the NBA by winning seven games in a row.

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