Harris DeckerThe Knicks are making me sick. Since the day Phil Jackson was hired, the writing has been on the wall in permanent ink. Mike Woodson’s days in New York are numbered and the Knicks need to make the cut now!
It was torture to watch Woodson squirm over the past few months. He did a valiant job trying to make a run at a playoff spot but came up a few games short. Woodson deserves to be fired but I can’t imagine why it’s taking so long. There is no reason to prolong the inevitable.
Thursday morning, during the exit interviews, Woodson was nowhere to be found. According to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley, Amar’e Stoudemire said that he spoke with Steve Mills and Phil Jackson during the exit interviews and that he didn’t see Woodson at the facility. The only way I could see Woodson still being a member of the Knicks is if the team were planning to retain his services next year. I just don’t see that being the case.
While it wasn’t apparent early in the season, it was easy to see Woodson losing the locker room as the season neared it’s final days. Once again, Stoudemire didn’t hide his emotions. He told SI that, “There were times when we didn’t quite buy into it and as a result of that, we lost games.” For a star player to say that the team wasn’t “buying in” says a lot about the coach. Woodson has to go.
I’ll wonder why he wasn’t fired last night, this morning or even right as we speak for weeks. It doesn’t make sense for him to be here a minute more than is absolutely necessary and now there are no games left on the schedule, it is no longer necessary. Jackson and Mills need to take care of business and put a bow on Woodson career in New York.