Woodson sees ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks may be 9-19 and owners of one of the NBA’s worst records, but head coach Mike Woodson says he sees brighter days ahead.

“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.

The Knicks have been riddled with injuries, most recently to Carmelo Anthony, who is listed as day-to-day with a sprained left ankle, and the team’s top two point guards, Raymond Felton (groin) and Pablo Prigioni (toe).

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.




35 comments
B&B; Cesena
B&B; Cesena

1° Fire Mike Woodson

2° Change suddenly Carmelo Antony

 3° Wave Amare, prigioni, udrich, 

 4° change Felton

 Maybe 1° Change Anthony.

 

wingo43
wingo43

Question is "is it the headlight of an oncoming train"?

PeteyWheatstraw
PeteyWheatstraw

Woody is right, the NYK can turn it around but it is Woody that needs to change his coaching philosophy for this team. If you see that the personnel does not fit the schemes you are putting in then stop trying to force square pegs into round holes.


Pick & roll teams to death on offense and stop switching all pick & rolls on defense. Keep Bargs in the mid range with pick & pops, keep running Melo off of screens, double triple if need be. AND STOP GIVING JR THE GREEN LIGHT TO DO WHATEVER THE "F" JR IS DOING.

jeandd323
jeandd323

Mr Woodson,


The light at the end of the tunnel is an incoming train ...

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

LMAO! This is Isiah all over again! 

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Mr. Woodson,

Please stop talking about how the division is still winnable. You need to be talking about how this team will get better. If you don't know, then don't say anything. Last year is ancient history.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

HEADLINE: Woodson inadvertently throws himself under the bus while trying to sacrifice his staff.


"I don't want to switch," Woodson said after Thursday's practice. "I've always wanted to put the emphasis on our perimeter guys to guard perimeter players. Bigs are supposed to guard bigs and when there's some breakdowns there is supposed to be help. It's a team defense.

"We've had our problems in that area," the coach added. "Those are things that were trying to correct because if we do it right, and we have ... it works. I've just got to get us going a little bit more consistently." 


Really Woodster, really, really? You've been Head Coach how long and you can't make your players stop switching at the merest opportunity? Or, you can't make your staff stop teaching your players to do that? And you're the guy in charge?

Bobby Blazes
Bobby Blazes

Stfu woodson he,s the reason for this mess

ds2488
ds2488

Absolutely disgraceful.  Here's why:


1.  Says he is staying optimistic and we'll get better when healthy.  Right off the bat, qualifying everything with an excuse.

2.  Oh hey, another excuse.  Now it's not about injuries or how we're one of the worst teams in the league.  No, it's about how "beautiful" it is that our division is a joke and we are trailing the Toronto freaking Raptors by only a few games.  Yep, that's "beautiful" to this "coach". 

3.  Woodson "taking responsibility" by saying he's coach and he has high standards= LOL.  


Clown just spent the previous 2/3 of his interview making excuses that we were injured and that luckily the division stinks and nobody is running away with it.  Does he see how he's contradicting himself?  Probably not if his "coaching" is any indication of his intelligence.  

fasheezee
fasheezee

If I hear any other quote from this lame loser other than "Goodbye New York" I'm going to f-ing blow a gasket. He is ignorant, slow, stubborn and delusional. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

That light at the end of the tunnel could be an oncoming train, truck, or car in the form of our January schedule.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

How in they FUGG does this clown still have a job??? Lose by 30 on your homecourt on National TV! What's it gonna take Dough Boy Dolan???

po_diddley
po_diddley

Does that light at the end of the tunnel include a pink slip?

therealprof
therealprof

OT but.... The Grizzlies are reportedly looking for an athletic wing via trade because of injury. They allegedly offered Bayless to the Lakers for Meeks last week.. I despise Bayless and his perfectly groomed eyebrows but he is expiring, a PG that can score, and would rid us of JR. I wonder if they are dumb enough to do a JR for Bayless and filler trade.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Stop worrying about the &#$%ing division and start fixing that 25th-ranked defense.


Really tired of listening to Woodson's bull about division wins.  If you want to build a championship team, you  generally have to build a top-10 offense and a top-10 defense.  Focus on the PROCESS - HOW are you going to improve this pathetic defense - and quit yapping about these idiotic division banners.  How much does the 4th seed help if your team is actually much worse than their seeding?


Leave it to Woody to see a light at the end of the tunnel but not the freight train behind it.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

OT: Here is the OTHER Mike:


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After a night's rest to clear his head, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni backtracked from comments he made following a 117-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday, when he suggested that fans who are discouraged by the Lakers this season should "find another team to root for."

"I was an idiot last night," D'Antoni said after a light practice Tuesday in advance of the Lakers' Christmas Day showdown with the Miami Heat. "I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn't play well and I said some stuff I shouldn't have. It was stupid. That's me, I just made a mistake."


LOL, d'antoni is a clown.


http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/10192263/mike-dantoni-los-angeles-lakers-apologizes-comments-fans

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

WELL, the knicks have been playing .500 b all since the 9 game losing streak was snapped, so yea, they are improving, knicks win the division and then I ts the playoffs, whole nother ball game!  Knicks are back...

Jose Antonio Rivera
Jose Antonio Rivera

The same excuses to keep his job,  with the same game results from Woodson.

bkinghof
bkinghof

@jimmybxI agree with a lot of what you say. The season is a marathon, and a healthy Ray is crucial to the team's success, which we haven't had all season. 


The team really isn't as deep as we assumed, and there are too many defensive weak links out on the court at the same time. This is why a healthy and productive K=mart and MWP are also as crucial.

The bright spots are that JR is coming to form and THJr is looking like an NBA caliber player. 

 The big negative for me is that Woody is still the coach. He's got to go and a more competent in-game coach should take over if this teams wants to play to their peak ability.

Here's to being hopeful for 2014...

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

If Lowry is still on the Raptors for both games, we will be lucky to win one of those games. He is a REAL PG! We don't beat teams with good PGs.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jaime Sweeping a "home and home" is already pretty tough to do. The raptors always give us problems and we're not playing well.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Jaime 

The Raptors always seem to give the Knicks a hard time. The last two years we have split the season's series at 2-2. 

rgm891
rgm891

@knickfan2 Let's see when a losing streak starts happening. No way will we have tic tac wins like the bucks happen with this schedule coming up. Let's see how patient Dolan will be when the losing gets worse and worse. 

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I don't it is all his fault, but he needs to stop talking about winning the division. If he is going to talk to the media, it needs to be about ways to improve this team's play. Also, he can't keep allowing JR to do as he pleases. He should have benched him for a couple of games after JR refused to shoot in that one game. JR clearly did that out of spite, because Woodson got on him about taking too many bad shots. JR was obviously trying to teach his coach a lesson there. Woodson should have taught JR a lesson and benched his sorry a--.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@ds2488 That's probably the same bullcrap he's feeding Dolan who; being the mental midget he is when it comes to running this team, believes every word of it....lol.....what a joke...

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Any team that would take JR is out of their minds.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@therealprof JR carries a lot of baggage. Not sure Memphis would want to put up with his shenanigans (in my best Clyde voice).

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Spot on! Also, why does he think that having won the division last year means anything now?! We were the 2nd seed in the East last year. We should have beaten the Pacers in the playoffs. Maybe if Woodson had benched JR, as he should be doing now, we would have won that series. Then who knows what would have happened.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@MeloStat301 He's human. Don't like him as a coach but can understand the frustration. No one like to be booed or criticized no matter how much they deserve it. At least he recognized errors of his ways and apologized.

MOSTHATED1
MOSTHATED1

@MeloStat301 what makes you think that even if the knicks make it to the playoffs they will be good....chances are if you suck in regular season your gonna suck in the playoffs...all the calls will be tighter ..melo will get called for his charges..and amare also...playoffs are where you need plays the most and knicks have none ..