Mike D’Antoni, clean-shaven and mirthful, returned to New York on Wednesday. He had been the head coach of the Knicks once, resigning nearly five years ago after a putsch of sorts.
In the intervening years, the Knicks have rolled through a number of successors, a fact that did not surprise D’Antoni when it was brought up before a game at Madison Square Garden between the Knicks and the team he now coaches, the Houston Rockets.
“Oh, really?” he exclaimed when it was mentioned.
The latest in that line, Jeff Hornacek, the fourth Knicks coach since D’Antoni, is four games into his tenure and already facing question marks. The Knicks stand at 1-3 after Houston waxed them, 118-99, in their second game in two nights — both of which ended in dispiriting, double-digit losses.
Wednesday’s loss crystallized the problems the Knicks face early this season.
While Hornacek has faced…