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A Petition for the Firing of Knicks Coach Mike Woodson

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Mike Woodson is a good guy, but as I talked about in an article a couple weeks ago, he is not the right coach for this team. This has been made even more obvious in the past few games. The Knicks are 2-10 in their last 12 contests. Mike Woodson will obviously be fired at season’s end. Which is why the Knicks should just do it now. Click Here to sign a petition asking for Woodson’s removal as Head Coach. Spread it with your fellow Knicks fans if you believe in the cause.

https://www.change.org/petitions/james-dolan-fire-mike-woodson

-T

Melo Speaks About His Future and The Future of The Team

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Speaking Friday to the media gathered in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, Carmelo Anthony basically said the following.

 

  • His first choice is to remain in New York for the rest of his career.
  • He is willing to take less money to help the Knicks with the cap going forward, but only if he likes the plans they set out in front of him.
  • He will be meeting with the Knicks’ Front Office soon to discuss roster plans going forward.
  • Mike Woodson will be at practice Monday in Memphis.
  • He knows he will not be traded before Thursday’s Trade Deadline.

 

Given that Melo seemingly calls a lot of the shots, this is a very telling series of statements. 

-Tommy Rothman

 

It’s Not Mike Woodson’s Fault… But It’s Time for Him to Go

 The Knicks’ Coach is a Dead Man Walking

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By Tommy Rothman

   Two seasons ago, former Knicks Coach Mike D’antoni found his team inexplicably on the outside of the playoff picture midway through the season. The players had, for the most part, begun to tune him out. The team had talent, but wasn’t playing hard, or smart, or well. If not for a few timely wins every time it seemed that a coaching change was one loss away, and the emergence of a certain point guard who rose from the end of the bench and became the supreme ruler of the universe for a month, D’antoni would have surely been fired well before the All-Star Break.

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   Mike Woodson, who took over when D’antoni finally “resigned” on March 14th, now finds himself in an eerily similar situation. Woodson wasn’t a big-name coach, and his schemes weren’t especially creative. But he represented a change, something which was desperately needed in New York. The Knicks responded positively, as they won Woodson’s first six games as coach. Woodson’s team finished 18-6 and managed to win their first playoff game in years before falling to the Heat.

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   But now, the Knicks need a change again. The players have tuned out Coach Woodson, his team is losing at an unacceptable rate, the fans have started calling for his removal, and he would have been gone by now if not for a couple short winning streaks. Sports Illustrated reported a couple days ago that Woodson expects to be fired before the All-Star Break. A blowout win Friday against the Nuggets may have bought Woodson a bit more time, but everybody, from the fans, to the players, to the coach himself, knows that Woodson is a lame duck. The front office needs to stop stalling and make the change that more and more people believe (and hope) is on the way.

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   Is Woodson being made into something of a scapegoat? Perhaps. The Knicks’ struggles are not his fault. Well, they’re not all his fault. He didn’t break Tyson Chandler’s leg, for example. The Knicks have struggled at times to make open shots, their players have not stayed healthy, and aside from Carmelo Anthony, Woodson’s players have been maddeningly inconsistent. But Woodson has had a bad year on the sidelines; he  recently said so himself. His rotations are baffling, his clock management has been dreadful at times, his offensive systems don’t work, and his reputation as a defensive-minded coach has been shattered by the fact that his team hasn’t been able to stop a nosebleed.

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   The Knicks don’t play with focus or energy. Some coaches are wizards with the clipboard. Some coaches build  reputations as motivators. Mike Woodson is neither. He is a decent coach, but nothing more. And if a coach doesn’t bring out the best in his players (or anything even close), he has no business being the coach. Mike Woodson has become what Mike D’antoni once was. And the Knicks would be best served giving Herb Williams, Jim Todd, or another readily available candidate a chance to bring the change and the spark the team needs to salvage its season before pursuing a top-flight coach this summer.

Beno Udrih Wants Out Of New York… And Chris Smith Wants Back In

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Point Guard Beno Udrih has requested a trade, and the Knicks plan to honor his request, according to sources. Beno’s frustration seems to stem both from his lack of playing time and the seemingly disproportionate amount of blame he has received— particularly from Knicks Coach Mike Woodson— for New York’s struggles. 

I have a few thoughts about this. 

  • Awesome! A trade is coming! A change! Something to shake things up in some way.
  • Udrih has a legitimate gripe here, but I’m pretty sure you have to be at least “slightly above average” to demand a trade. It’s an unwritten rule. 
  • Udrih is decent, but if Woodson is never going to put him in, it’s not much of a loss. Just like Chris Copeland. 
  • Let’s hope this doesn’t completely screw with the team’s chemistry. For what it’s worth, Beno never seemed like the most popular guy in the organization.
  • Chris Smith is crazy.

What? How did Chris Smith get brought in to this? Well, some of you may remember Chris Smith’s tenure “with” the Knicks (and I use the term “with” very loosely). 

After the news broke about Udrih wanting a trade, a few people tweeted their (ludicrous) opinions saying that Chris Smith— JR’s younger brother who stood for all that had been wrong with this year’s Knicks until they cut him, and who was described by one NBA GM as the “worst player in the history of the summer league” (The SUMMER leagueI)– deserves a spot back on the team. These tweets included some harsh attacks on Udrih… and Smith retweeted them. Chris Smith re-posted the following tweets from fans about a player who had been his teammate (and his superior) 3 weeks ago. 

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To recap: the first tweet is racist, cruel, and absurd. The second tweet is just absurd. The third tweet has nothing to do with any of this, but Chris Smith would apparently like to remind all of his followers that he is a proud member of the NBA D-League. 

Chris Smith’s judgement and appreciation for people who have given him opportunities in the pst are clearly very flawed. 

It’s hard to think of a logical defense for how poorly Smith has handled this situation on social media.

Runs in the family. 

-Tommy Rothman

 

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson Fined $25,000

 

 

 

Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson has been fined 25 thousand dollars by the NBA after exercising his Freedom of Speech and refusing to tolerate utter mediocrity criticizing NBA Referees.

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Woodson claimed that the refs “blew it” in a recent interview regarding Carmelo Anthony’s negated 4-point play vs the Rockets which would have given the Knicks a win, and once again expressed displeasure after another game-deciding call went against the Knicks in the final seconds of regulation in their game against Indiana. Woodson remarked that Carmelo takes a lot of contact but does not get calls like the other superstars in the league.

The NBA is attempting to censor the coach, but he is absolutely right. LeBron James gets that call every single time. Not only does Carmelo get fewer calls than other stars (James, Kevin Durant, and James Harden, to name a few), he gets fewer calls than even the average NBA player. One could argue that a player’s skill level should not help them get calls (even though this is often what happens), but for somebody who takes as much of a pounding every game to get ZERO help from the officials is unacceptable. Paul George took a fingertip to the elbow last game and got a game-changing call. Melo got bumped hard by George on the ensuing play at the buzzer and did not get a whistle.

Carmelo goes up strong regardless of whether or not he is hit, which may lead officials to believe there has been no contact. But it is the job of the referees to see the contact and make the call, and that has not been done so far. Carmelo is a great player, but there is little he and the Knicks can do if the officials aren’t going to regulate the opposing team. Mike Woodson was justified in his criticism of the refs and should be encouraged to stick up for his best player. Instead, he will be stripped of 25 thousand dollars, for the inexcusable offense of… talking.

-Tommy Rothman

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