in this league, star players have more shadows over coaches, unless the coaches are like Jerry Sloan or Phil Jackson, who has champ rings or tough policies.
D'Antoni knows the Melo/Stat problem and it's why they, not Lin, were benched vs. Philadelphia for the last quarter. He is just not strong enough to speak up. Dolan did the Melo trade, which means he either likes Melo or has deals with Melo. D'Antoni speaking against Melo will sure bring assurance for D'Antoni to lose his job.