“They made adjustments the way they played the pick-and-roll, the way they packed the paint and stayed with our 3-point shooters. They made that adjustment. We didn’t make the adjustment back to it.’’
-Carmelo Anthony after last night’s loss to the Pacers
Harris DeckerThere are two ways in which a player can voice his concerns about the coaching staff. You can be Dwight Howard and publicly ridicule and call out the members of the staff. Or you can be subliminal, using words like “didn’t make adjustments” to signify discontent.
Carmelo did the latter after Thursday night’s loss to the Pacers. After the team got destroyed, Anthony was very specific with what they did wrong. He said, in plain English that the Knicks didn’t make adjustments while the Pacers did. Making adjustments is the most important thing that the coach does during the game and Anthony felt that Woodson didn’t do the job last night.
It’s been clear all along that the players generally like Woodson and James Dolan cited this as a reason for backing him after the slow start. He told the New York Post back in November that “I have a lot of confidence in Woodson, and one thing I can say about Mike is he has the respect of all the players. They all respect him.”
The question that has to be asked after Anthony’s comments is if that respect remains intact. Woodson has done a fair job this year. He hasn’t been good but he hasn’t been horrible. He was dealt a deck with only half the cards in it, void of veteran leadership and with plenty of injury prone components. Still, this team is better than they are playing and that has to be on the coach. At least in part.