With most premier NBA franchises, winning isn’t the most important thing, it’s the only thing. The same can be said for the New York Knicks, who are in the midst of a 3-13 tailspin to start the 2013-2014 season. And as you could expect, head coach Mike Woodson is on the proverbial hot seat.
All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony said Tuesday that the players are growing concerned that the piling losses could cost Woodson his job soon, per a report from NY Daily News’s Frank Isola via NBC’s ProBasketballTalk:
“I mean, yeah, we’re worried about that,” Anthony said on Tuesday. “But then again, we’ve got to worry about playing basketball, man. I think that’s been a problem in New York all this time. Everybody worries about what’s being said on the outside.
“As a team we’ve got to stick together. We’ve got to control our locker room. We’ve got to control what happens on the basketball court. That’s by us playing hard, that’s by us sticking to the game plan and doing what coach Woodson says to do out there on the basketball court. We can’t worry about the speculation that’s going on outside this building and we shouldn’t. And as a leader of this team I’ll try my best not to allow that.”
Anthony’s points are valid, but also easier said than done. The Knicks simply don’t have the combination of players to sustain losing defensive anchor Tyson Chandler, nor the offensive chemistry to come back from deficits late in games.
They also don’t have a point guard capable of setting everyone up, and Anthony himself is an isolation player that prefers to look for his own shot at all costs rather than the best shot. These issues all equal up to a struggling team, which is exactly what the Knicks are right now.
New York is a high-pressure sports town, and there has to be a fall guy if the losing continues. Unfortunately that man will be Woodson, at least until Anthony bolts elsewhere in free agency next summer.
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