When Mike D’Antoni resigned from the Knicks eight months ago, after an apparent work slowdown by Carmelo Anthony, it was easy to dump all the blame on Anthony for not being on board with the emergence of Jeremy Lin.
How could he not want to play with the exciting new point guard anointed by D’Antoni as the second coming of Steve Nash?
Except Lin wasn’t Nash — not then and probably never. He was a great story — Ivy Leaguer turned instant N.B.A. phenomenon. D’Antoni missed the essential point that instant didn’t mean proven. Already offended by Anthony’s career-long and well-earned reputation as a serial killer of ball movement, he was seized with delight to Nashionalize the Knicks’ offense.