Melo Offers No Comment As Woodson Hangs in Limbo

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Melo CliffWith Mike Woodson’s status still unresolved heading into the Easter weekend, Carmelo Anthony offered no comment other than a smile when asked about the coach’s future with the Knicks.

“He’s gotta go, guys,” someone near Anthony said as the Knicks star was whisked away Friday night following the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center.

The person was referring to Anthony’s imminent departure from the media, not Woodson’s fate with the Knicks.

Anthony was on hand to support the event and offer MVP awards to Duke-bound big man Jahlil Okafor and Kansas pledge Cliff Alexander, both of whom are projected lottery picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, when the Knicks will have a pick, as opposed to 2014, when they do not.

“They stellar. They aint the top of the crop for no reason, so I think they very impressive today,” Anthony told SNY.tv of the big men. “Without a doubt [they can play in the NBA], without a doubt.”

The Knicks have yet to issue a statement on Woodson’s future and we may have to wait through the weekend and possibly into next week before finding out what Knicks President Phil Jackson will do next.

ESPN.com offered the headline that Woodson is “bracing for the worst” despite the fact that it’s painfully obvious Woodson will likely lose his job after the the team failed to make the postseason following a 54-win season a year ago.

“You can point the fingers in a lot of directions,” Woodson, who has one year remaining on his contract, said Wednesday before coaching what may be his last game with the team, a win over the Toronto Raptors. “At the end of the day, normally the coach is the guy who gets blamed. That’s just the nature of our sport.”

Attention has already turned to Woodson’s successor, with TNT analyst and former GM Steve Kerr a potential candidate because of his ties to Jackson and his familiarity with the triangle offense.

The New York Post sited a source close to the situation as saying that Kerr “absolutely expects” to be offered the job.

Last month, Kerr confirmed to SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog that he would like to coach in the NBA at some point but he did not wish to comment on the Knicks’ situation.

“Yeah, I’ve said that publicly many times but, I’m not going to even go down that path for obvious reasons,” Kerr said.

Woodson, 56, has gone 109-79 in two-plus seasons with the Knicks. According to Mike Lupica of the Daily News, all Knicks coaches following Jeff Van Gundy and leading up to Woodson went 185 games under .500, while Woodson is 30 games over .500 in his Knick tenure.

But after leading the team to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2013, Woodson’s team dealt with injuries throughout the season to Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani, Raymond Felton, Kenyon Martin and others and failed to live up to expectations. The Knicks did not make the playoffs in a poor Eastern Conference, finishing in ninth place, and have no draft pick in the upcoming loaded NBA Draft.

Still, they finished strongly, winning four straight and seven of nine to finish 37-45.

Though Woodson appeared to be undercut by recent comments from Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire, Anthony backed Woodson during his exit interview with the press on Thursday.

“If he needs my recommendation whether it’s here or anywhere else, I’ll back him,” said Anthony, who intends to opt out and test free agency. “I have nothing bad to say about Mike Woodson. I support him. For me as a player, I had some of my best years under Mike Woodson.”

Still, that may not be enough for Jackson to keep Woodson going forward.

Asked Wednesday if it was fair that he might be fired, Woodson said, “I mean, not really. I was given an opportunity two years ago to take over a a team that was struggling and I made the most of it. Unfortunately, this year just didn’t go according to plan.

“Is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but I don’t make that decision. That’s gotta come from the top.”

Photo: Mike Scotto

Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




275 comments
Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

I'd say this place has gone to the dogs, but it would be insulting to dogs.

lindro88
lindro88

Hate to say this, but after watching that idiotic pep rally in Toronto, I was glad to see Pierce shut all those people up. They found a way to make a lifelong Pierce hater root for the man. Nets will win that series in 5

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Clippers bog highlights


Blame the Refs..!!


I REALLY REALLY REALLY HATE THAT REF!!!

i didnt know his name… but when i saw that he was refing the game i knew it was going to be bad… he has been horrible in all clipper games this season… stupid goblin


-this loss isn’t on chris. it’s not on dj. it’s not on jj. and really it’s not on blake. but it’s on everyone else. chris missing those free throws was a bit shocking, but he brought us back in this game.

Was at the game, my few thoughts.

I’ve been complaining about the pick and roll defense all season. Also way too many slow switches…



I want to know why Doc rode an ice cold Jamal so long in the 4th instead of a red-hot JJ.   And why he kept putting either Paul or Collison on Klay with Barnes sitting right there on the bench. Classic Vinny.

Hey guys, could be worse.  We’re not the Pacers.


Clippers are Snake Bit. Blakes armz are too short and Cp is 5'11 in heelz.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

the knicks blog dot com - where it's only OK to slam the Knicks incessantly. Talk bad about another team and you are a hater.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Indy blog highlights:

Now it’s frustrating to watch Vogel try to continually impose this team’s strengths on other teams, rather than adjusting to what other teams are doing.

Coaching is a tough profession. So many variables to consider…

it seemed like every time they got the ball they’d do a bunch of hero-ball iso crap, and everybody else would just stand around and watch,

What do we do? Leave hibbert on the bench while antic is in? Who is the answer for Teague?

Yeah pacers starters are freaking frustrating to watch. They never run plays, just iso and poorly executed pick in roll.

in the second half vogel abandons the bench except for a few minutes, but they don’t get the opportunity to get into the game, if lance or pg are playing because read 2nd sentence

Vogel better come up w an answer Real quick or this will be the biggest collapse in NBA history – from the best team in the League to a laughing stock very quickly – what the h*ll is going on in that locker room?

Hibbert

What’s his contract like? Will he back next year? Same with Hill…

Art Perez
Art Perez

@melo7  Let me clarify first, I'm not defending Bigz when I say the following. I read this blog a lot and notice there's a  a tendency to label someone when one doesn't like what another has posted.


You call Biggie a hater because he expressed HIS opinion on how he viewed the Raptors effort against the Nets (whom is number 2 on my Eastern Conference Playofff Most Hated Teams list).. As I said I've been reading here a lot (over 5 years) and know Biggie has done and continues to do his share of labeling.. But it' seems (imo) because of his optimistic views on the Knicks he's a homer, unrealistic, unknowledgable, etc. 


The question is when is someone going to be the bigger person and move on from this childish itsh. I know most are young internet thugs (young relative to me as in 20's and 30's) and it kills me at times because most are probably scared of their own shadows.I'm not talking about you directly @melo7 , there are plenty I who I can call out by name but it accomplishes nothing. In a prior thread Bigz said let bygones be bygones, move on and keep it basketball.. but yet here it starts again... 


I wonder if the losing culture surrounding the Knicks organization extends to their fans. I mean who complains about winning? I look forward to better times so that the "environment" of this blog changes to where more constructive discourse is the norm, as it once was.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Knick fan rooting interest

Spurs over Mavs .. Easier Dunc wins quicker he retires

Wiz over bulls .. Show melo playing the starters 45 minutes per is how thibs rolls..not sure who stops Wall and Beal.

Cats over Mia . Knicks lineage in Charlotte

Blazers over rocks .. Is Lin even playing?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Toronto looked like deer in the headlights in the Nets game,

Please tell me lowery and wonder kid Masai are going to at least give the nets a fight.

They looked completely out if their league... Blinded by the light. .. Game one winner takes the series 77% of the time,

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@kingkiyan  

Dragic, from the guard position, shot 50% from the field and 40% from from deep. He scored 20.3 ppg on14.4 shots. When he was on the court per 100 possessions, the Suns outscored their opponents by 10 points.


BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

For some as long as they don't wear orange and blue they are a true star or a star in the making,

solar_lion
solar_lion

@lindro88 I honestly figured the Nets would win the series easily. 5 to 6 games tops. I believe they tanked the last game of the season to play the Raptors instead of the ever feisty and unpredicta bulls.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Nothing worse than a drunk troll

BiggieTKBNY
BiggieTKBNY

@BiggieTKB  Whoever you are... you need to cut it out and stop stealing my User name


It's pathetic how far you Knick haters have gone to damage my name on this blog smh.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

absolutely HILARIOUS to hear Clips fans ride the great and powerful and all knowing Doc Rivers for shoddy rotations and too much switching on defense.


made by day!!  happy easter.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@BiggieTKB  I am ecstatic that the Pacers lost.  Immature prima donnas---highly overrated coach. 

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@BiggieTKB LOL Biggs! Keep blogging these other teams blogs so we can embarrass some of our bloggers! All these I want Melo traded idiots! You want stars who don't have the "Mental Toughness" to produce during the playoffs? Paul George is simply an above average role player! Marc Gasol K Love Aldridge are not pieces you tear down your team for! Like S.A.S says "THEIR NOT BOX OFFICE"!!! KOBE MELO LBJ DURANT DUNCAN(only with Pop's system) are game changer players once surrounded by those other B rated players! The thought of getting rid of Melo because he could not will our guards to shoot higher than 30% collectively is asinine! Combined that with our guards being one of the worst defenders is insane! Some of these knucklehead bloggers are just motivated by their irrational emotions for the hate they have for Melo connecting him to J Lin departure! Hey I like  Lin(awesome story) & wish he was a Knick but he got his money! My focus is on winning a championship & you win by building around consistent "MENTALLY STRONG" players like MELO not the other B rated players! Surround Melo with the right role players(like last year) & watch us flourish!!!

melo7
melo7

This was cute

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

I read below and I don't see any "let bygones be bygones" attitude, just the same name-calling and insult-slinging as before...from both sides.

melo7
melo7

So that gives them 23% chance! what chance do the knicks have! Stop being such a hater I'm biggest knick fan in the world but stop bitching about other teams cuz the knicks aren't in the playoffs this year.

lindro88
lindro88

So who is the real Biggie?

solar_lion
solar_lion

@BiggieTKB Happy Easter. Don't blame Sandro for his flaws. He's Iberian. That's where the Neanderthals made their last stand and intermarried with modern humans. His mental miscues may be genetic. It's not always so easy that even a cave man could know it. LoL!

Art Perez
Art Perez

@ Ray Jorge damn shame I can only rec/like this once... +10000000000

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@BigChiefTriangle  unless you are a CP3 or Vogel fan i dont think i was insult slinging.. 


oh and i said xmen uses the computer at the homeless shelter.. I'm guilty of that... 


but i only strike in retaliation.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

I do too. If they don't show up it's over

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Reveling in other teams' failures so as to deflect attention away from/minimize the Knicks' debacle. No one is giving props to the Nets/Hawks, both of whom lost their best frontcourt players for the majority of the season.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Lol.. I'm being a hater? I'm calling it like I see it.

Where did I mention the Knicks once?

Favorites who lose game one on their home court deserve to get slammed,

redhorse
redhorse

I see that but its like u dont acknowledge the fact that run with lin changed a lot of things n it did save our season that yr..wat was our record before that run??.... when melo amare went down who would of thought that unit would even do anything...

redhorse
redhorse

I agree he isnt like the missing piece but during that streak guys like walker, jefferies were doing great...it was team bball...it was fun to watch...I just dont get y ppl hate him...it wasnt his fault that it got out of hand he just balled man...

redhorse
redhorse

Without that win streak we would of had the same thing this year... and consider the fact who was playing during that win streak... yea it is a race thing with lin ...u see it all the time in the park...so im sure it hsppens in the nba...

redhorse
redhorse

I honestly do not get y ppl hate lin... sure it was overhyped but it was such a good underdog story... ppl forget the knicks were pretty much dead till that winning streak... n ppl like bill walker, novak , fields, jared jeffery was playing out of their minds... personally I think its a race thing with certain ppl.. yea it can work the other way;)

solar_lion
solar_lion

@BiggieTKB @melo7Seriously stop feeding the trolls. I don't always agree with you. You're rah rah may blind you or give you myopia. But you're reasoning is solid. I know since mine is similar.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@melo7 @BiggieTKB  it's clear you've just come here looking to pick a fight.. 


go find someone who cares what you say.


join the other fools in the penalty box.

melo7
melo7

@BiggieTKB MANY REVEL ON THE KNICKS FAILURES CUZ THEY FAILED THIS YEAR STRAIGHT UP NO WAY AROUND IT STOP BEING A BITCH ABOUT IT THERES ALWAYS NEXT YEAR 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@bigchieftriangle reveling in other teams failures? I'm not doing that but many here revel in the knicks failures.

I'm commenting on the playoffs. Would you rather read "is woody gone yet" for the umpteenth time? If so skip down ...

Many who post here were reveling in the success of the raps, nets and hawks all year.. A little follow up is all fair game.

This is a Knicks site so I merely posted "Knicks rooting interest"..

What have you added to the conversation?

darealeric
darealeric

Like when we lost game 1 AT HOME to Indy last year? Played with no spirit or fight either...

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@melo7 @BiggieTKB  yes a three seed should get bashed for losing GAME ONE at home.


especially their FIRST playoff game in over a decade.,  To hear the Raps fans pre game they should have blown the Nets out of the building with all the hype.


Lest you forget.. knicks lost game one at home to the Pacers last year and it was relentless bashing ON A KNICKS SITE.

melo7
melo7

@BiggieTKB thats not my point my point is that your saying the raptors should be bashed just cuz they lost one game of a 7 game series when they were favored 

your contradicting 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@melo7  so did a lot of people.


it wasnt that outrageous a claim and in fact the lack of performance up to expectations is a large part of the "frustrations" we see on this site.


even in the last weeks of the season many writers, bloggers and fans were lamenting how this team had "top three talent"

melo7
melo7

You favorited the knicks to be the 3 seed so you deserve to get "slammed"

and again I'm a huge knick fan I'm not like sandro I'm just calling it how it is you actually out to Don sandro for ridiculousness

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

I could just imagine the reaction here if the Knicks lost game one as a 1,2,3 seed.