Woodson’s future as head coach is on the line, and perhaps even Anthony’s future as a Knick. That’s how important the next 15 days are to the future of this franchise. They better take advantage of it.
The Knicks had a chance Thursday to prove their turnaround was for real. Instead, they got steamrolled 117-89 against the rival Indiana Pacers.
The Knicks are slowly turning it around, and looking more like the team that won night after night last season. But there’s one thing they haven’t been able to do. They can’t close games.
This whole episode is simply another perfect example of how chaotic and disorganized the Knicks’ management structure is. Nothing is ever handled the right way.
“I stopped being surprised after the Miami game,” Smith said. “I haven’t the slightest clue … If I’m not helping the team, there’s no point in me being here.”
Knicks guard J.R. Smith says there was no indication he’d be benched in Thursday’s 102-92 win over Miami. “That’s the most misleading part of it,” he said.
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.