Beno Udrih Is Frustrated With Critics, Sleeved Jerseys And Mike Woodson

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Beno Udrih is flat-out frustrated.

The Knicks’ third-string point guard is frustrated with the criticism of his play, sleeved jerseys and head coach Mike Woodson.

In New York’s disastrous 123-94 loss to the Thunder on Christmas Day, Udrih struggled mightily.

With Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni injured, the Slovenian got the start for New York. In 30 minutes he was 1-for-6 from the field. Two of those shots embarrassingly went off the side of the backboard. In addition to his two points, the 31-year-old has six assists and two turnovers.

“It’s easy to point fingers when the team loses,” Udrih said. “But it comes down to we are a team, we lose together. No matter who makes a mistake or who doesn’t, it’s still a team loss. So I think all of this stuff should be kept out of the media and not call certain people out.”

Following the Knicks’ disappointing loss to the Wizards last week, Woodson was critical of Udrih when explaining how Bradley Beal managed to hit an uncontested layup with 6.9 seconds left in the game.

“Don’t just be a coach, be a person,” Udrih said after the game on Wednesday, though he didn’t specifically mention Woodson.

The former first-round pick got defensive when discussing how he believes some are perceiving his effort level and ability.

“I kind of feel like when I do the right thing, it’s not the right thing in some people’s eyes,” he said. “Sometimes I have a feeling like when I do a mistake, they have a feeling that I’m making the mistake on purpose. As weird as it sounds, that’s how I feel … You can point fingers at me as much as you can, but if things don’t work it’s not one person’s fault.”

Udrih also claimed that the special sleeved jerseys for Christmas negatively affected his shot.

“Personally, (the short-sleeved jersey) bothered me and my shot,” he said, according to Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal. “On a normal shot I’m used to getting my shoulder and elbow up (unhindered).”

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