Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks will have to back up their owner’s guarantee of a win on Wednesday night.
“He had a concert?” Anthony asked with a smile when told about Dolan’s guarantee while performing Sunday night with his band, JD and the Straight Shot, and on the same day the Knicks were hammered, 120-89, by the San Antonio Spurs.
“I guess we gotta win,” Anthony added. “The owner said it, I guess we gotta make it happen. We want to win. If he said it, he put the pressure on us to go out there and win the game..”
Knicks coach Mike Woodson brushed off a question about whether Dolan expressed support for him after some “Fi-re Wood-son” chants broke out amidst the blowout loss.
“That’s not your your guys’ business, that’s me and my owner’s business,” Woodson said. “We gotta get ready for Atlanta, that’s the name of the game.”
Asked about his reaction to Dolan’s guarantee, Woodson said, “As a coach, I think every time we suit up and step on the floor, we supposed to win. That’s just how I feel as a coach and I want our players to feel the same way, so that’s how I feel.”
Asked if the team was irritated after watching the game film, Anthony said; “You gotta be irritated. You gotta be embarrassed at a game like that on your home court. We lost the game but I said it last night, but the way we lost the game, it’s gotta be embarrassing. You gotta be angry about that. Everybody gotta hold theyselves accountable and that was the case today in the film session.”