“Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel? I do,” Woodson said one day after the Knicks were trounced by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 123-94, in the worst Christmas blowout in NBA history. “I think eventually we’ll get where we need to get as a ballclub, and I’m basing that on our last 12 games. And eventually we’ll get healthy and we’ll see how it all plays out.
“The beauty of all this that we’re going through is nobody’s running away with our division, and I’m pushing our team to win our division still. I mean, we won it last year and I expect us to win it this year.”
Entering this weekend’s home-and-home with the first-place Toronto Raptors (11-15), the Knicks are only three games back in the horrendous Atlantic Division.
Woodson may be hanging on to his job by a thread, but he believes he deserves a shot to coach the team once it returns to full health — assuming that happens.
“The bottom line is I’m the coach of this team,” he said. “I have very high standards in terms of what I do and what I expect players to do. It starts with me, I understand that. I won’t ever run away from that as a coach.”
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.