Solution for noon troubles: Curfew and a hotel

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

In two noon home starts this season, the Knicks have been bludgeoned by 31 points by the San Antonio Spurs and 41 by the Boston Celtics.

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.




16 comments
Kvdaone
Kvdaone

I dont understand why there is any partying going on.You poppin bottles to a loss? Drinkin and druggin during the season? Why is a curfew not instilled from the beginning of the season? This is why Woody aint the guy. There should have been rules and regulations to abide by in preseason. This why we're the third worst team in the league...Weak mind set smmfh

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

This is just the tip of the iceberg for pro athletes, but amazing that there needs to be a 'rule' to not be out partying until the wee hours when you have to perform athletically the next day

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Why didn't Woody impose the curfew after the first noon blow out?!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

My favorite manager of all-time said this;

Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.

Casey Stengel


Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Will there be a bed check? Hopefully JR Smith has never seen Ferris Bueller!

lesdiggz
lesdiggz

Just got back to the states, 2 questions


can somebody please tell me why Woody is still calling shots and doing interviews under the MSG umbrella?!?!?


and, are the knicks back yet?

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

They'll just order "Room Service", if you know what I mean.

rico
rico

You can get into plenty of trouble in NY Hotels. :)


denelor
denelor

Can we call this the "JR Smith Rule"? 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Al Iannazzone @Al_Iannazzone

Melo on the struggles in noon games: "Besides it being an early ass game, I think it’s all mental at that point."

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

@Sandro Guedes Now that is funny,I hope they do get their rest.The whole team really looked like they went out drinking the day before.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Knicks are Back!!  Season about to turnaround.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@orlando_knickfan

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.”


He should've put the whole quote.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@MeloStat301 Melo has a point. If Jordan can put up 44 points with a 103 fever and the flu---everything is mental in life but people just don't want to take responsibility.

melo7
melo7

Worst joke of all time