With another noon tilt looming Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies, Mike Woodson thinks he has a solution: Impose a 10 p.m. curfew on his players and have them stay in a hotel.
“I think 10, that’s what I’m hearing,” Carmelo Anthony said of the team curfew.
There has been speculation that the Knicks have been out enjoying the New York night life before noon tips, but Woodson said he isn’t concerned about it.
“Not really, no,” he said. “I don’t know why we’ve gotten off to such bad starts and hadn’t played well. I don’t think it’s anything of guys hanging out. I don’t know why that is. We’re going to do something a little different this time, see if it helps.”
The Knicks did stay in a hotel before the Celtics game Dec. 8, and they were still obliterated, 114-73.
They did not room together on the eve of the Spurs game Nov. 10, when they lost, 120-89.
“We didn’t do it the San Antonio game,” Anthony said. “Sometimes it works – early games. Sometimes it don’t. It’s just a matter of us coming out the gate and establish that early. I don’t think it has anything to do with us staying in a hotel or not. That’s what coach wants to do and we’re going to do it.”
Anthony said it’s a “mental thing” as to why the Knicks have been blitzed by a combined 72 points in two noon home tips.
“I think it’s a mental thing,” he said. “When you have them early morning games you start thinking too much. Should you go to sleep early? Should you get this amount of rest? I think it’s all mental. Besides it being an early-ass game, I think it’s all mental at that point.”
For all their troubles, the Knicks (8-17) remain only three games back of the Boston Celtics
“Despite everything, the inconsistency of us being able to put games together, I still think we’re in a good place,” Anthony said. “We have a chance to do something. There’s only a couple of teams playing well. If we put a good run of games together we’ll be sitting in a good spot. We control our own destiny. We just got to figure that part out, string some games together and get back rolling.”
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.