It’s amazing what happens when J.R. Smith doesn’t play. It’s nowhere near that simple, of course. But it was a very significant change in direction for the Knicks on Friday night.
New York’s coach has to decide whether it’s more important to win basketball games or give playing time to the players with the biggest contracts. The decision is really that simple.
Despite a terrible postseason, the Knicks thought JR Smith’s efficient April was a sign of things to come. But there has not been a day since that the Knicks have not regretted giving him that new contract.
This group of players has run its course, as has the Carmelo Anthony era. The trade for Melo was a failure. The idea of building around him hasn’t worked. It’s time to accept it, cut losses and move on.
Anthony is considered day-to-day. Woodson doesn’t expect Melo to make the trip to Toronto on Saturday.
Knicks owner James Dolan has reportedly told his players that no major changes will be made to the roster or coaching staff.
“We won it last year and I expect us to win it this year,” Woodson, thought by many to be sitting on the hot seat, said. “…Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel? I do.”
The small forward, who sprained his left ankle in the Knicks’ 103-98 win over Orlando on Monday, might not return this weekend, according to a report.
For all of Mike D’Antoni’s faults, it’s hard to say he wouldn’t be doing a better job with these Knicks than Mike Woodson is. It’s been that bad.
“Don’t just be a coach, be a person,” Udrih said after the game on Wednesday, though he didn’t specifically mention head coach Mike Woodson.
I decided it was time for me to play part Santa Claus and part Wizard of Oz and give the Knicks much better gifts than they have ever given their fan base.
The moment that Anthony wants Woodson replaced, he will be gone. Even if the front office decided it was time to change coaches, does anyone really think it wouldn’t consult Anthony’s camp first?
To say the Knicks’ guards have been bad this year would be an understatement. To call them the worst collection of guards in the NBA would be accurate. It’s that horrid.
I hate to say it, but the Knicks are a laughingstock to fans, media and other NBA executives. And it starts at the top with owner James Dolan and trickles down to the players.
Carmelo Anthony and likely Metta World Peace will be the power forwards with guards playing the other three positions on the court. For a team that thrives in the pick-and-roll while spreading the floor, that’s a good thing.