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Coaching change won't fix Knicks

D'Antoni's gone, but bigger issues remain: Amare and Melo aren't producing

Updated: March 14, 2012, 11:08 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo AnthonyJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThose towels can't hide the fact that Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have been struggling.

Fact: Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are in decline. I predict a coaching change won't cure that problem.

Mike D'Antoni's ouster (technically, he resigned) is something of a last gasp to rescue what is rapidly becoming the NBA's version of the Herschel Walker trade. Connect the dots and Denver could potentially have nine rotation players from last season's Carmelo Anthony trade: Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller, Kosta Koufos, Jordan Hamilton, Timofey Mozgov, Corey Brewer and 2014 and 2016 first-round picks from the Knicks. Convert the draft picks into anything useful and the Nuggets could beat the Knicks just with the players they got in the trade.

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