Quote: Woodson on approach during 3-game winning streak

“We have to play each possession like it’s our last possession. The mental approach is a little different now. It’s been a tough season for all of us. Now, they’re playing for something.”

-Coach Mike Woodson after last night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers

Harris Decker

Tell me I’m reading too much into this quote, but I’m a little concerned. I’d like to ask a follow up to this question. First, why is the mental approach different now? Second, why is the team just now ‘playing for something?’ It boggles my mind that it took falling 12 games out of first in the Atlantic Division and over four games back of a playoff berth to start ‘playing for something.’ Shouldn’t coaches be able to motivate their teams every night? The way this came out look really bad for Woodson. Sure he’s trying and he’s actually winning. But to say that the team is ‘playing for something’ with just a handful of games left to play is completely unacceptable.



46 comments
tifoso6
tifoso6

Do you realize that the three worst coaches in the NBA all have first names of Mike. D'Antoni, Brown and Woodson.  We have had our fill of Mike's and we need our Phil.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

you know. i have to admit something. I wouldn't get on Woody's case if he wasn't so stubborn, lazy and a kiss azz. 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

woody is probably the most inarticulate coach in the NBA next to d'toni. 

Between him trying to abide by the media policy and having a 10 word vocabulary, what do you expect---and I think he's slow--to put it nicely.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

First time that I've totally agreed with you, Harris

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

There is a fine line between being the voice of dissidence or the voice of ignorance, and the NY media gravitate to the latter ad-nauseum

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Knicks are on the verge of naming Phil as president of the team and pushing Dolan aside, the Blog is headlined by there meaningless 3 game win streak pulling then to an impressive 24-40 record. Way to look big picture.

Marvel
Marvel

Woodson is a piece of work. We should not be scrapping for the damn last playoff spot but w,e...


nature will take it's course. I hope we get in the playoffs , we have no draft pick ,we need some sort of fun lol.


what are we now... 16 games under. 500  smfh



Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

If Dolan likes Melo so much & is willing to sign Phil give him full control of bball ops, why won't he go the easy route go over the cap(like Proky) get Rondo and a couple of 2 way players, hire JVG or SVG get Ewing as our top assistant coach(this way Dolans boy toy stays on the staff, Herb Williams) & were back in the mix!( OH BY THE WAY I'M A KNICKS FAN FIRST BUT IM IN TOTAL DISAGREEMENT WITH ANY ONE WHO BELIEVES WE HAVE A BETTER CHANCE IN WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP WITHOUT MELO! EVEN if we get Phil the players who are championship difference makers aren't leaving their "SWEET SITUATIONS" for NY & their tough Media/Fan base! Life is a lot easier in Houston or Miami!



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Yeah Woody, Phil would luv to hear all about how you commanded that 3 game winning steak as the barely able.  I'm sure it will blow away any comparison his 11 championship rings by comparison.

It may help to try to win as many games in a row as Phil has rings.  Then again, I'm sure it probably won't.   

dogmanx23
dogmanx23

They are playing bad teams. That's what changed. Let's see them do this in April when not one team we play is under .500. 

Chris
Chris

Mike Woodson is dumb. That is the main reason he says so many irrational thing. The real problem is, that probably explains why this team has played so poorly all season, there has been no intelligent leadership

melo7
melo7

thanks captain obvious

zebeto
zebeto

@thatsagoodpoint yea i cant see phil coming for a TOTAL rebuild.....think melo will be the cornerstone to the renewal.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nyk Dude, that's a little misleading because Melo will be 30 this May (2 months from now0

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@zdiddy4nyk Difference is Lebron  is a "STEROID" freak of nature that intelligently hooked up with Wade/Bosch & luckily won 2 rings(Spurs choked! All these Melo haters are ridiculous! I'm telling you right now if we hire any of these coaches JVG, SVG, Mark Jackson, or Grizz former coach, go over the cap replace our pg with Rondo keep this same squad together we'll be in the championship hunt!!! Watch how easy Rondo would make our Trio look amazing & not clumsy(aka Phil Jackson)


Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@Knixtradamus Sure!!! A 70 YEAR OLD PHIL WANTS TO BE PART OF A REBUILD!!!(Maybe if he buys "NUTRIBULLET" & starts juicing all organic veggies, we'll win a ring by 2020)

1harris1
1harris1

@Seth Nadler How dare you belittle the accomplishments of our "big three".  Woodson is an absolute genius for bringing this union together only 60 games into the season.  Clearly, you must be a hater if you can't see that.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nyk True but LBJ has 2 rings already with 2 other NBA Final appearance and he might get a 3rd one this year. He is a leader and make others better.

Now your turn for Melo! lol

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Ray,

Dolan has no problem going over the cap, just look at our payroll now. One thing Doaln cannot be accused of is being cheap.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Biggie In the West the Knicks wouldn't even be an afterthought in a playoff chase. It's only that the East sucks so bad beyond their top 3-4 teams that the Knicks are even chasing a playoff spot. CHASING! CHASING! After a year where they won 54 games. SHAME ON THEM! I still don't believe they'll make the playoffs until proven otherwise.

Marvel
Marvel

@Biggie  

you forgot to mention this is the weakest stretch of the season..



but just sit back and pray like everyone else, enough with the idiotic proclamations


no shots, just come on already.


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie LMAO! Dude, give it up!  You've found a few quarters in your pants pocket and now you're talking like you're going to do a hostile takeover of Walmart.. 

Buy a lollipop and do what you do best - SUCK!  lol

1harris1
1harris1

@xmenreturn LOL.  Woodson wants everybody to know though that "I'm still the coach".  So inspirational.


He's fighting for a head coaching gig elsewhere next season.  He might have a shot of landing the job in Detroit If you know who becomes team president over there. 

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

@Jesus Blas  SASmith has been saying that all year. If Melo leaves we are in better hands with Phil Jackson making the decisions on what we can get for Melo than having Dolan in full control. 

zebeto
zebeto

@Jesus Blas ...I cannot believe Melo will leave with Phil taking control of the knicks ...gotta see it to believe it .


Sandro
Sandro

Jackson in, Melo out?

Right direction, here we go.

rgm891
rgm891

Start of a new era either way if phil joins. We will see what happens man.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jesus Blas LBJ is not coming here for Melo.  Melo would be 31 by the time LBJ could come here.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Ray Jorge @Knixtradamus  I know someone who is 70 years old and he has 3 jobs. He's retired but he coaches and has more energy than I do and I'm in my 50's. So.....

Chris
Chris

@xmenreturn @zdiddy4nyk  Melo has been in playoffs every year with sub par teams, sans this year, and has NCAA title, he too is a winner, not good enough teams nor coaches in the NBA

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro I dunno if its a right direction ....i would perfer Melo taking the Kobe role , and phil simply build around melo.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Lebron would be 31...lol..u make no sense...again...lebron 31..whose game depends on athletic ability...Melo at 31 whose game depends on skill...hmmm...

1harris1
1harris1

@Ray Jorge @firebaldy To be fair, we don't know that Phil wants to get rid of Melo.  It's all conjecture at this point.  It's not worth arguing about until he takes the job.  People should remember that Phil was very complimentary of Melo last year when the Garden held its 40 year reunion for the 73 championship team.  So we'll see.  I doubt that Dolan wants to commit to a 5 year rebuilding program.  Probably looking to build with marquee free agents and sensible trades.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@firebaldy So you want Melo gone rebuild around what star? We all know Teams with STARS win rings. Getting Phil will attract what stars??? Or are you happy being the Suns of the east! Looking great during the Regular season but knowing their is no chance in winning a ring?

1harris1
1harris1

@Ray Jorge @1harris1@Knixtradamus How is it a "weak response"?.  Does anybody think that Part Riley is too old nowadays?  It's 2014, Ray.  70 is not considered old anymore man, lol!

zebeto
zebeto

@xmenreturn @zebeto@Sandro30 is not that old man .......I can say that Melo has 5 good years ahead of him , pending any major injury

..Pierce had a long career because he was surrounded by talented 2 way players that kinda preserved him for a long time .......he never played the type of minutes that melo is playing , nor is he a inside banger like melo . 


If the Knicks get a Rondo for example that alone would add 2 more years to his career as it will preserve him from going up against 2 or 3 players on the block on a consistant basis .

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@xmenreturn @zebeto@Sandro Do you even understand that Melo's game is not predicated on Athleticism!!! Being able to shoot is a skill that carries longevity! If Dwill was healthy this year Pierce & Garnett would look like world beaters!(OBTW, I can't stand the NYETS)


1harris1
1harris1

@zebeto @Sandro The real important point though is that it should be entirely up to Jackson as to which direction to go.  if He comes in with Dolan insisting that Melo be kept at all costs, he wouldn't have the autonomy he needs.  Then again, Jackson wouldn't take the job under those circumstances anyway. 


For Dolan, it's real simple.  Set the budget and then hand the keys over to Phil..

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zebeto @SandroYIKES!  Building around Melo at age 30?

Some here luv to talk about Pierce in Boston as a comparison.  

Pierce was a smart player.  How would we get a Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to go along with Melo?  The Celtics had to trade Al Jefferson, 4 other decent players and 2 high draft picks to get Garnett alone.

They already had Rondo going into his 2nd year and he was able to start and turn into a beast in the playoffs.

Where the heck would Phil find players like that to build around Melo next year?

Bi Chief Triangle will surely not be dumb to try to be like Isiah and think he can win as ring here next year by just finding great players to play with Melo.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LMAO! LBJ has 2 rings and 2 other NBA Final appearance. Yes he's will be 31 but his teams have done smothing already and he knows how to win. 


You just want us to build around Melo because he will be the same age as LBJ? 

Now who's talking no sense. I know a guy on my block who will be 31 too.  Should we build around him? He hasn't done much either.