Woodson is riding Carmelo Anthony into the ground

Harris Decker

Another horrible loss for the New York Knicks. They controlled the game for the better part of three quarters and at the start of the fourth quarter, the Knicks led 86 to 79. It’s the few minutes before the start of the fourth that I’d like to focus on…

Carmelo Anthony

During the third quarter, the Knicks were leading by as many as 14 points. They were controlling the game, hitting shots from all over the court and playing some excellent defense. During this run, the question was raised. Why was Carmelo Anthony in this game? Couldn’t he use some rest, especially on the first night of a back-to-back.

The answer, of course, is obvious. Anthony needs the rest. He continues to lead the league in minutes played, averaging 38.9 per game. In Friday night’s game, which ended up going into double overtime, Anthony played 50:19, the second most of his season (first was 55:27 against the Bucks on December 18).

Those minutes took their toll on Anthony during the two overtime periods, where he looked absolutely exhausted. He was huffing and puffing as he muscled through 10 of the teams 15 points in overtime. Anthony was still spectacular, keeping the game close with two clutch threes late, but the effect of playing 40+ minutes, night after night, finally showed. He was unable to give a full effort on defense and took several wild shots.

I’m putting this squarely on the shoulders of Mike Woodson. Woodson, who has had a loose grip on rotations for the entire season, played Anthony through a stretch of the game that seemed well at hand. It seemed like a lineup of Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr., Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Tyler or Cole Aldrich could have put in some quality third quarter minutes instead of Anthony staying on the court.

This was another chapter in the Woodson saga that I’m now convinced will end at the seasons end. Woodson has done a horrible job managing minutes and last night I believe it cost the Knicks a win. That is inexcusable.

333 comments
Miki Geez
Miki Geez

Does anybody know if we can buy out bargs or amare this offseason

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Woody is going to get Carmelo hurt by playing him 40 minutes a game, and it isn't going to stop until he gets fired.

This is happening because idiot Woodson has zero chance of staying with the team next season unless he catches lighting in the bottle and makes a miraculous run to/through the playoffs (which isn't happening). That's why he's managing minutes like every game is a Game 7. If an injury happens, he won't have to deal with it next year.

This is a classic manager's dilemma and a total conflict of interest. It's also why Woodson needs to go regardless of whether an interim like Herb is actually an upgrade

lindro88
lindro88

Sort of exactly what Clyde was saying? Another pearl of wisdom from captain obvious.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

knicks are a hot mess. i hope adam silver has the ballz to investigate dolan and his minions.

C0P0
C0P0

Nuggets about to have (our) a first round pick. 

While the guy we did it all for, will either be dead from exhaustion, or leaves to save his career from certain death.


Translation - Knick Fans ...We Are Screwed!

rgm891
rgm891

If we were in the Western Conference, do u guys believe anything would be different?  Lmaoo or nah?  Woodson would say we're only 10 games out of the eight seed haha

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Not for nothing...but those who said "metta is done" or "metta is trash"...are upset woody wasn't playing him Lol! Anyway...I felt metta shouldve been used better...but its dumb to say he's trash and done..then say woody shoulda played him...makes no sense...can't have it both ways.

rgm891
rgm891

Did Metta say something bad about Woodson during his time with the Knicks for the reason he didn't get playing time?  I know his injury was a problem and his brother went off on twitter earlier this season but he was actually playing well for us from a defensive standpoint.  I still cant believe Woodson put him in during garbage minutes.  What a disrespectful move on his end to a proven basketball player who could have helped this team with defense and rebounding.  He is not afraid to take shots create offense and never gets hesitant when he plays.  It just makes absolutely zero sense.   

rgm891
rgm891

If Melo number 1 thing is to win a ring.  He will not be here next year.  We will actually see what Melo values more.

lindro88
lindro88

Less to Melo is 100m instead of 130 m. Or a max deal elsewhere. People want to be naive and talk about how he is already rich. No such thing as already rich. Melo isn't going to sign somewhere for 10 million dollars so he can jump on a bandwagon.

lindro88
lindro88

Teague didn't play last night. Watch Shelvin Mack light Ray up tonight if Teague is out again.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Shunpert's injury may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. It obviously saved him from being traded at diminished market value (due to the poor season he's had). I wouldn't rule out a rebound season next year - especially a real coach instead of incompetent idiot Woodson

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

His play on the court says otherwise...talk is cheap...Man up..get healthy and Ball!

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@MeloStat301  

Isn't it remotely possible that on a site with hundreds of posters, those aren't the same people? Lol.

Wicksell
Wicksell

I thought Beno was promised to be part of a 2 point guard line up. I think thats why he is upset vs. not getting playing time.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Biggie   

"If you dont think that Melo is fully endorsing this move to cut Beno and MWP you are clueless.   Melo is in charge of this roster."

Way to shift the blame from Woodson to Carmelo for Artest and Beno getting dismissed. You have made some foolish comments this year but that one is right up there with your most foolish! You have had quite a year, about as bad as Woodson have had!



SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Biggie  I have to agree with the Melo line. I just can't see all this happening without him definitely being in the loop. That just leaves me more confused though lol. 


BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@rgm891  Ron was forcing the issue due to the limited minutes...think he woulda calmed down if he was given a role to play (stretch-3/4 next to Melo).  

Nobody knows what their roles are on the team, expect Melo - his role is to play PG (bring ball upcourt), play SG (shoot 41% from 3), play PF (avg. 9 rebs/game) and play C (guard Marc Gasol).

Elvis Maduro
Elvis Maduro

@MeloStat301  I think him saying he's not gonna throw in the towel and wants to improve is him "manning up".  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

No actually some of them are...its why I'm saying it lol. Any reason for people to take shots at the woodster..they do..that's my point...as he should..he should receive criticism..but at least be consistent.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@StraightShot @rgm891  He was getting regular good minutes early on and did some really dumb crap out there

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Knicks_Fanatic @rgm891  Which is smart because he had a player option which he would undoubtedly pick up .

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

No it aint..show n prove is what's about..show n prove.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@orlando_knickfan  

His play was solid at beginning of the season, and then some injuries and his sister's passing hit, and his play took a dip, yes.

rgm891
rgm891

@orlando_knickfan @rgm891 I understand his offense was beyond bad.  Metta is the last players minutes on this team that needs to be limited.  Look at Melo Felton etc.  Woodson should focus on that instead.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@rgm891 Honestly, he has not been good this year at all.  taking dumb shots, making dumb turnovers. Woody was right to limit his time.  He thought he was Kobe at one point.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@orlando_knickfan @Knicks_Fanatic@rgm891 

If you are not going to play him, yes.

Smart though, not really. We have used our taxpayer MLE on Kidd and MWP. We could have signed someone for three years and had them contributing. We wasted that opportunity and got little use of that exception.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@orlando_knickfan  

I believe we can S&T to another team, as long as that team is under the apron after the transaction. That's around $74.1 million this season. 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@SheSaidSpikeWho We can S&T with a team that is UNDER the cap.  We cannot do it with another team that is over.  So only the Bulls and others like them we can do it with.  The Clips are OUT unless we did a straight trade with them at the deadline.