Harris DeckerI officially feel terrible for Mike Woodson.
The coach of the New York Knicks has done a horrible job this year. He’s taken a roster of players that won the Atlantic Division last year and drove them to spot where they are trying desperately to finish close to .500.
Woodson will likely be fired on the final day of the regular season and to say that it’s undeserved would be a flat out lie. He deserves to be fired. He did a bad job this year.
Now that Phil Jackson is running the Knicks, he will install a head coach that fits his system. I believe that nothing could have saved Woodson’s job and he knew it months ago.
Since then, with owner James Dolan and general manager Steve Mills completely out of the spotlight, Woodson sat on the podium day after day and took the questions.
He took the “How do you explain giving up 51 points in a quarter?” questions. He took the “Do you expect the players to speak with Phil Jackson?” questions. And he took the “Do you still feel like you’ve lost the team?” questions.
Now that he’s been all but fired, it’s simply hard to watch. I sat in the pre-game press conference last Sunday before the brutal loss to the Cavaliers. He was forced to answer questions not about the upcoming game but about whether or not he’d meet with Jackson when they were in L.A.
No man deserves what he’s being put through. On the TKB Podcast, I called what he’s going through “white collar torture.” He’s being battered with irrelevant questions and is getting no support from the front office.
This is of course the definition of a lame duck coach. But Woodson is below a lame duck. He’s gone. He knows it. The fans know it and the team doesn’t seem to have the will to win a few games to send him out on a high note.