But the truth is, none of the Knicks are playing as they did in November and December, when they had fans hearkening to the old hit-the-open-man Knicks, when they whipped the ball around and were making 3s and providing hellacious matchup troubles. And the defense isn’t anywhere close to that, either.
Kenyon Martin has helped, and if it sounds a bit troublesome to think that a guy still playing on a 10-day contract can have a deep impact … well, it is. Still, Martin has instantly provided toughness, and commitment on defense, and when he’s on the floor it’s a contagious bug.
“That’s why he’s here,” Woodson said.
Woodson himself is here because he proved last year that he could reach this eclectic group, because as shaky as the Knicks have been, they are 27 games over .500 under his stewardship. He didn’t suddenly forget how to coach. He just needs to do it better, and soon, before the season gets away from him. And who knows what else.
Tommy DeeWithout question there is no coach who can have success if Carmelo’s knee turns out to hamper him from being 100% proficient. That needs to be made clear here. A coach needs his horse to lead the team and Melo’s injury should have many fans concerned based off of the team’s play the other night in Golden State. They were absolutely dreadful.
But, to me, what bothered me about the other night is that Woodson went away from what I thought was a pretty good group in Melo, Chandler, Martin, Kidd and Smith far too soon and the game got away quickly. Now, the effort wasn’t there enough and that is inexcusable, but Woodson needs to figure out his combinations with Martin in the mix right now. The NBA is about peaking at the right time and the Knicks need to get back to that level assuming that Melo is going to be at the top of his game.
Because if he isn’t then there isn’t much anyone can do.