The New York Knicks had been embarrassed on Christmas Day with a 29-point dwelling loss to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. With the best way the Knicks' season has been going, it's been expected that an absence of turnaround within the crew's on-court fortunes would lead to trades being made and coaches being fired. Nevertheless, James Dolan reportedly assured the gamers on Thursday that trades and training changes weren't coming.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that Dolan met with players earlier than apply on Thursday and requested them to again Mike Woodson 100 percent as they attempt to turn their season round. It's a shocking turn for a Knicks organization that probably wants some kind of change to get out of the malaise they've had all season lengthy.
Knicks chairman James Dolan instructed New York gamers in a gathering Thursday that there are no trades or adjustments to the coaching staff forthcoming, ESPN.com has learned.
Sources near the state of affairs informed ESPN.com that Dolan gathered the crew earlier than the first practice within the wake of New York's embarrassing 29-point house loss to Oklahoma Metropolis on Christmas Day largely in an try to hush the rising speculation about coach Mike Woodson's job security following the Knicks' 9-19 start.
The dialogue came amid growing indicators the Knicks' effort and focus below Woodson is waning on prime of the numerous damage points that have plagued all of them season.
It is believed Dolan took the step in an try to steer Woodson's players to band together and throw their full assist behind the embattled coach to help dig New York out of the sizable hole it finds itself with primarily one-third of the common season in the books, the sources mentioned.
The Knicks are simply 9-19 on the season and are tied for eleventh in the Eastern Convention. They're at present 2.5 video games out of the eighth seed, so it wouldn't take a lot of a turnaround to be able to get them back into the playoff image. The true difficulty is whether or not this workforce is prepared and capable of getting their collective act collectively to play extra like what we saw final season when this workforce received 52 games.
They merely have not played good protection or the type of offense we noticed from them final season after they had been third within the NBA in offensive efficiency. They currently possess the 19th greatest offense within the NBA and don't appear to have any kind of rhythm from one game to the subsequent. With little or no in assets to commerce in order to sweeten the pot and usher in a distinction-maker, the Knicks are form of stuck with the situation they at present have. Health and continuity to the lineups may get this crew getting in the right path, but they'd nonetheless need to discover a solution to wash the stink off from the early legs of this season.
How much longer will the Knicks be allowed to slide earlier than James Dolan adjustments his tune with adjustments to the roster and coaching workers?