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Knicks Finally Let Woodson Go
NEW YORK – The New York Knicks finally cut off the umbilical cord that was holding Coach Mike Woodson together with the organization. New team President Phil Jackson broke the news today to the public.
Woodson isn’t completely without his fair share of blame. But, he was far from the only reason why the Knicks when from in one year winning the Atlantic to drowning in it. There however were a lot of forces that led to the demise of this season for the Knicks. JR Smith was suspended for 5 games because of violation of the NBA’s substance abuse policy. Tyson Chandler, whose game seems to be regressing as the years go by, broke his leg and missed almost 30 games. Amare’ Stoudemire was under a minute restriction to preserve his balky knees. Midsummer trade, Andrea Bargnani got hurt and missed a good chunk of the latter part of the season. But, aside from that, Bargnani hardly displayed the kind of scoring and rebounding acumen needed to help Carmelo Anthony.
Aside from Ray Felton’s legal issues, his game was going down the drink for a while there until he picked up during the last quarter of the season. Opposing point guards were having a field day when Felton guarded them. Case in point, when Iman Shumpert missed the Cleveland Cavalier game at Madison Square Garden, Jarrett Jack who is a fine player but hardly a lethal scorer lit the Knicks up for 33 points in place of the injured Kryrie Irving.
Speaking of Shumpert who battled health problems and trade rumors seemed to take a slight step back. Shumpert however is said to be a Phil Jackson favorite because of his size and defensive prowess. If he stays, he along with impressive rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. should make a nice back-court tandem. Hardaway like most all young players much improve on consistency as well as his physical strength and defense to take his game to the next level.
Upon relieving Woodson of his duties said, “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff. The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
Then of course the usual getting fired party line was spoken, “Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best.”
Carmelo was his usual All-star playing self. Some say consequently that this was his best season. Not sure how that would equate seeing that the team finished 37-45 and missed the playoffs.
The search for a new coaching staff for Knicks will begin immediately.
Jerald L. Hoover