The Knicks are 3-13 on the season, and you can feel the frustration coming out of New York. There have been fights between players, arguments, and now the coach seems to be getting fed up.
On Wednesday, Woodson addressed reporters, and he wasn’t too happy. “Nobody’s running away with the division, and I still think our team can win the division,” Woodson said Wednesday via the Knicks Blog. “We won it last year and I think we can get back to winning and win it this year.” Clearly, they aren’t out of it after just 16 games, so that was an obvious answer by Woodson.
There have been swirling reports that state that Woodson could be on the way out for the likes of Jeff Van Gundy, and he isn’t letting that get to him, so he says. “The thing is, it’s never been about me,” Woodson stated to the media, “I’ve said that from day one. I’ve had the opportunity to come in here and coach a team and turn a team around and right now we’ve had our ups and downs this early season.” There haven’t been as many ups as there has downs, and that could be why he is on the hot seat.
As for the testy part? Woodson seemed to be interested in anything else but answer questions. When asked about Jason Kidd, Woodson wasn’t interested. “Sh**, I can’t worry about Jason, I gotta worry about the New York Knicks,” Woodson said. “Coaching’s not easy on anybody, at any level. He’s had his ups and downs as well as our team so it’s what it is.”
He also said what I believe to be the dumbest comment made by a head coach:
Mike Woodson: "It's not my job to explain to you why JR Smith played over Iman Shumpert in the 4th quarter." Wow. Really Mike?
— John Schmeelk (@Schmeelk) December 4, 2013
It seems as if Woodson’s days could be numbered in New York.