New York Knicks fire Woodson after missing playoffs

New York Knicks fire Woodson after missing playoffs (via AFP)

The New York Knicks on Monday fired head coach Mike Woodson after the team missed the NBA playoffs, team president Phil Jackson said. The Knicks went 109-79 in three seasons under Woodson, twice making the playoffs before slumping to 37-45 this season…


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Knicks’ Woodson: Season ‘kind of a disaster’

Melo says Woodson still safe

NYC – Some will be calling with regard to Mike Woodson's job in the wake up of the New York Knicks' disastrous one-point loss to the Washington Wizards upon Monday.

Yet Knicks star Carmelo Anthony feels his coach is safe.

"As far as I am concerned, he's secure right now. I actually haven't heard anything, " Anthony said Monday night after at first declining to answer a question regarding Woodson's status. "There's nothing to talk about. He's our coach, and we are going to rolling with him. "

Woodson's job safety has come into question in current weeks with the Knicks (7-17) actively playing well below expectations. Woodson as well as the Knicks' late-game errors Monday is only going to put more heat on the trainer.

New York a new one-point lead against the Wizards along with 24 seconds to play and a bad to give.

Rather than using the foul, the Knicks permitted Bradley Beal to drive for an uncontested layup with 6. 9 seconds to try out.

Then, Woodson and his players did not call timeout to set up a final play. Instead, Anthony dribbled the ball across fifty percent court and took a 25-foot off-balance shot that fell brief as time expired. The Knicks had three timeouts to use.

"I probably must have taken a timeout there by the end, but you know, Beno [Udrih] grabbed it [to inbound] and the ball is in Melo's hands before I could even respond, and I should have reacted a lot faster once the ball went through the container. So , that's on me, inch Woodson said. " …. I actually didn't call the timeout therefore I've got to take the heat for this. "

Woodson said he instructed his gamers to give a foul on the Wizards' final possession. Instead, Udrih permitted Beal to drive the baseline. Woodson said Udrih expected Andrea Bargnani to help stop Beal from progressing to the rim. That help in no way came. Beal converted an uncontested layup to send the Knicks for their ninth home loss in thirteen games.

"That's a tough way to lose a game, inch Anthony said after scoring thirty-two points. "If [Woodson] said it's his fault, there is need for me to make excuses or even talk about it. As players, we need to be smarter. We knew there were timeouts. I was just trying to get an attempt. "

Woodson's club had lost 11 from the previous 13 prior to a win Wed over Chicago, so there has been rumours throughout the month that Woodson's work is in danger.

Owner James Dolan gave Woodson a public vote of self-confidence Nov. 20.

But the Knicks have gone 4-9 since Dolan's comments, including a 41-point loss to the Celtics on December. 8 and a 15-point loss towards the Cavaliers two days later.

A source with knowledge of the particular team's thinking told ESPN Ny last week that Woodson is being examined on a "game-by-game basis" by higher management.

The particular veteran coach is under agreement through the 2014-15 season, but Woodson's salary likely wouldn't impede Dolan if he wanted to make a modify.

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Knicks owner: Woodson safe, Isiah won’t return

James Dolan is keeping his cool about the Knicks. (USATSI)
James Dolan is protecting his cool about the Knicks. (USATSI)

Knicks owner James Dolan granted the New York Post a rare interview this week, and the titan of MSG had some attention-grabbing quotes on a wide range of topics.

The largest question on everybody’s mind concerning the 3-eight Knicks is the standing of coach Mike Woodson. Dolan says Woodson’s protected for now, while avoiding giving him the “vote of confidence” kiss of loss of life.

MV: I am positive you heard the chants that have already began to fireplace Mike Woodson, which comes with the territory, naturally …

JD: Yeah …

MV: How affected person will you be with him? He understood when he took the job the expectations that go together with it. Will you give him a long rope?

JD: I’ve a lot of confidence in Woodson, and one factor I can say about Mike is he has the respect of all of the players. They all respect him. And he treats them fairly and comparatively equally, and that is part of the place the respect emanates from. And people are exhausting things to get from a coach. When a coach loses a workforce … that is when a coach is sort of finished.

via James Dolan dishes on Knicks, Rangers and the standing of Isiah | New York Publish.

Fairly good reply here. He avoids any semblance of a committment to him, whereas still supporting him. The fact is that if the Knicks hold dropping, someone’s going to have to go, and it’s not going to be Carmelo Anthony. Woodson will have to pay the value for the membership’s failures whether or not it’s truthful or not if the crew doesn’t flip it round by Christmas. He is also set up fairly clear standards here. “As soon as I feel like he doesn’t have the staff anymore, he’s gone.” That’s pretty truthful, all things thought of.

Dolan also spoke to the complexities of his relationship with Isiah Thomas, and, in a transfer that is positive to make Knicks followers really feel better, says Dolan is never, ever getting back along with Thomas answerable for the staff.

MV: For Knicks fans there’s one word that riles their ardour greater than another: Isiah.

JD: Amazing, isn’t it?

MV: And you surely know the panic that ensues when a Glen Grunwald gets fired and folks surprise, “Is Isiah coming back?”

JD: I can’t control what’s in other folks’s minds. I can let you know that he is a buddy of mine. We communicate, but not as usually as we used to as a result of he’s really concerned in different issues now. We’ll message forwards and backwards every now and then. We used to talk much more typically. He seems to be transferring into another part of his life, he isn’t as basketball-centric, he is doing a whole lot of charity work, he received his masters [in education, from Cal-Berkeley], he really makes use of me to bounce enterprise ideas off of …

MV: Do you continue to consult him, too, about basketball concepts?

JD: Not really. For Isiah, I do not know that he’ll ever be able to work in New York. I just do not know that he’ll ever get a fair shake, going forward in New York?

MV: Do you assume that is unfair? He did lose a number of games right here.

JD: He lost plenty of games! OKAY. Do I believe he deserves one other shot? Yeah. It just cannot be here. And I believe he is talented. I feel he is notably talented at finding basketball talent. But I believe he’s most likely dismayed at this point. But I do not see him coming again to New York. I could not do this to him, and I could not try this to the organization. He would probably do it as my buddy but I couldn’t do it to him or his family. And you know what the press would do here. We’re eager about getting higher and that scenario could be such a distraction that it will truly hinder our potential to get better.

through James Dolan dishes on Knicks, Rangers and the standing of Isiah | New York Publish.

That sound you hear is a collective sigh of relief from Knicks fans, and a sigh of disappointment from everybody else. Nothing could be extra “Knicks” than Dolan hiring Thomas who he’s wanted to carry again several occasions solely to be stymied by public opinion. The failures of other options, combined with the instability in the entrance workplace (GM Glen Grunwald was changed by Steve Mills at the start of the seaso) makes for the perfect excuse to reinstall his buddy Thomas, however apparently not even Dolan thinks that’s a good idea.

All in all, Dolan comes off very well in the interview, less just like the tyrannical guitar-slashing Loony Toon he is made out to be and more of an precise, nicely, owner. We’ll see if Dolan’s selections line up with the calm demeanor he is taken or if he gets impatient with the Knicks’ struggles. Woodson says in the interview he still believes this group can win a championship. The second he would not imagine that to be the case is likely when things start to change.

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Knicks’ Woodson fined $25K for comments

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officials, the NBA said Friday.

In an interview Thursday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show,” Woodson said that Carmelo Anthony isn’t getting “superstar” calls.

“Absolutely. And I’m not going to shy away from that, either. I think Melo gets hit more than ever,” Woodson said in his weekly radio spot.

“I’ve been at this thing 30 years, and sometimes I’m starting to wonder what’s a foul and what’s not a foul.”

Woodson specifically mentioned a play late in the Knicks’ overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday in which he felt Anthony was fouled. No call was made.

“The offense normally has the advantage when you’re making plays at the rim,” Woodson said. “… Melo draws a lot of contact, but he comes up empty a lot of times as well.”

Woodson also hinted Thursday that Anthony wasn’t being treated the same way by referees as other star players, such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

“They can’t see everything and I understand that, and sometimes they miss calls,” Woodson said of referees. “Yeah, I thought he got bumped on [a play late in overtime Wednesday], but hell, he didn’t get the call, so we have to move on.”

Anthony said he was “done talking” about referees after Wednesday’s loss, the fourth straight for the Knicks (3-8). But he was vocal about his displeasure with the officiating in a loss to the Houston Rockets earlier this month.

“You look at that and you see the way that some guys get their calls; me, I got to get cut, you’ve got to see blood for me to get a call down there,” Anthony said Nov. 14.

That night Anthony had 11 free throw attempts. He attempted 30 shots from the field. Houston’s James Harden attempted 18 free throws and 17 shots from the field.

“That’s where the frustration comes in,” Anthony said then.

For what it’s worth, Anthony is tied for fifth with the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins in free throw attempts per game at 7.5. Durant leads the league with 12.8 attempts per game.

Of course, that statistic fails to account for how many shots a player takes per game. It also doesn’t account for whether a player is taking open perimeter shots or contested shots near the basket.

In the Knicks’ offense, Anthony frequently has the ball with his back to the basket. His post touches have increased since center Tyson Chandler went down with an injury Nov. 5, so opportunities to draw fouls have also increased.

But only 13 percent of Anthony’s plays have ended in free throw attempts this season. For comparison’s sake, Houston’s Dwight Howard leads the NBA in percentage of plays that end in a free throw (31.5), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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Knicks owner: Woodson safe, Isiah won’t return

 

James Dolan is keeping his cool about the Knicks. (USATSI) James Dolan is protecting his cool in regards to the Knicks. (USATSI)

 

Knicks proprietor James Dolan granted the New York Put up a uncommon interview this week, and the titan of MSG had some fascinating quotes on a variety of topics.

The biggest query on everybody’s thoughts concerning the three-eight Knicks is the status of coach Mike Woodson. Dolan says Woodson’s secure for now, whereas avoiding giving him the “vote of confidence” kiss of demise.

MV: I am sure you heard the chants that have already began to fire Mike Woodson, which comes with the territory, naturally …

JD: Yeah …

MV: How patient will you be with him? He understood when he took the job the expectations that go together with it. Will you give him an extended rope?

JD: I’ve loads of confidence in Woodson, and one thing I can say about Mike is he has the respect of all of the gamers. They all respect him. And he treats them fairly and comparatively equally, and that is part of the place the respect emanates from. And people are onerous things to get from a coach. When a coach loses a staff … that is when a coach is form of performed.

via James Dolan dishes on Knicks, Rangers and the standing of Isiah | New York Publish.

Fairly good reply right here. He avoids any semblance of a committment to him, whereas still supporting him. The fact is that if the Knicks maintain shedding, somebody’s going to should go, and it is not going to be Carmelo Anthony. Woodson should pay the worth for the membership’s failures whether it is truthful or not if the staff doesn’t flip it round by Christmas. He’s also set up fairly clear standards here. “Once I really feel like he does not have the group anymore, he’s gone.” That is fairly truthful, all issues considered.

Dolan also spoke to the complexities of his relationship with Isiah Thomas, and, in a move that is positive to make Knicks followers feel higher, says Dolan is never, ever getting back together with Thomas in control of the crew.

MV: For Knicks followers there’s one phrase that riles their ardour greater than every other: Isiah.

JD: Superb, is not it?

MV: And also you absolutely know the panic that ensues when a Glen Grunwald will get fired and folks surprise, “Is Isiah coming again?”

JD: I can not control what’s in different people’s minds. I can let you know that he is a pal of mine. We speak, but not as usually as we used to as a result of he is really involved in other things now. We’ll message forwards and backwards every now and then. We used to talk much more often. He seems to be moving into one other phase of his life, he is not as basketball-centric, he is doing loads of charity work, he bought his masters [in training, from Cal-Berkeley], he truly makes use of me to bounce enterprise ideas off of …

MV: Do you still seek the advice of him, too, about basketball concepts?

JD: Not really. For Isiah, I don’t know that he’ll ever have the ability to work in New York. I simply do not know that he’ll ever get a fair shake, going ahead in New York?

MV: Do you suppose that is unfair? He did lose a variety of video games here.

JD: He misplaced a variety of video games! OKAY. Do I think he deserves another shot? Yeah. It simply cannot be here. And I believe he’s gifted. I think he is significantly talented at discovering basketball expertise. However I believe he’s most likely dismayed at this point. However I do not see him coming back to New York. I couldn’t do this to him, and I couldn’t do that to the organization. He would probably do it as my buddy but I couldn’t do it to him or his family. And you already know what the press would do right here. We’re concerned with getting higher and that situation would be such a distraction that it might really hinder our means to get higher.

through James Dolan dishes on Knicks, Rangers and the status of Isiah | New York Publish.

That sound you hear is a collective sigh of aid from Knicks followers, and a sigh of disappointment from everybody else. Nothing can be more “Knicks” than Dolan hiring Thomas who he is wanted to deliver back several times solely to be stymied by public opinion. The failures of alternative choices, mixed with the instability in the entrance workplace (GM Glen Grunwald was changed by Steve Mills at first of the seaso) makes for the perfect excuse to reinstall his buddy Thomas, however apparently not even Dolan thinks that is a good suggestion.

All in all, Dolan comes off really well in the interview, less just like the tyrannical guitar-slashing Loony Toon he is made out to be and more of an precise, well, owner. We’ll see if Dolan’s choices line up with the calm demeanor he is taken or if he gets impatient with the Knicks’ struggles. Woodson says within the interview he still believes this crew can win a championship. The second he would not believe that to be the case is probably going when things start to change.

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Report: Knicks brass pressing Woodson on lineup

 

Is Mike Woodson already on the hot seat in New York? (USATSI) Is Mike Woodson already on the new seat in New York? (USATSI)

 

Because the New York Knicks’ disastrous start to the season continues to unfold, the stress continues to mount on the crew to find a resolution. The New York Daily Newsreviews that whereas coach Mike Woodson is not on the recent seat in the intervening time, the front workplace is making demands on him to alter his lineups approach.

The autumn guy finally will be Mike Woodson though the pinnacle coach has the assist of most of the locker room and apparently Dolan as effectively. Regardless of the Knicks’ three-6 start and 5 straight residence losses, Woodson just isn’t in imminent danger, in line with a supply, of being the next Knicks head coach to “resign” — which is Backyard-converse for canned. If Lenny Wilkens and Mike D’Antoni each resigned, so will Woodson. Depend on it.

Till then, the coach is protected, but the word from above is to tinker with the beginning lineup, which possible will include shifting quickly-to-be-traded Iman Shumpert to the bench and sure selling veteran powerful man Kenyon Martin. The move permits Anthony to play small ahead whereas inserting a rebounding and defensive-minded ahead next to Andrea Bargnani, a non-rebounding, defensively challenged forward/center.

via Knicks not giving Carmelo Anthony successful cause to stay in New York – NY Daily Information.

This makes a variety of sense, since Shumpert has the second-greatest on vs. off-court docket differential of anybody on the Knicks, and has been the one participant to play nicely on each ends of the floor. So shaming him unto the bench whle selling the woeful J.R. Smith makes loads of sense.

As for Martin, the KMart-Bargnani-Melo combo has solely performed ten minutes together, but it was +9 in those nine minutes. It makes sense, taking part in into Anthony’s strengths (New York’s precedence No. 1 always) whereas protecting for Bargnani’s weaknesses. It permits Melo to play smallball offensively whereas covering defensively. But is Martin a protracted-term reply? And even if he isn’t, do the Knicks have a lot of a choice, considering their lack of huge man depth?

Yet the larger question is that this: Should a front-office that has so persistently tries to find quick-time period options to lengthy-time period problems really be this involved in teaching choices?

Meanwhile, the Knicks face Indiana, Portland, and the Clippers earlier than November is out, including a four-sport road journey to finish the month. If they do not discover some solutions quickly, Christmas might get to be fairly dour round Madison Square Backyard.

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