On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks and head coach Rick Carlisle suffered quite the disappointing loss to Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks. The loss was the Mavs’ 15th on the year, which couldn’t have made Carlisle a happy man, especially seeing as it came at the hands of one of the more embattled teams in the NBA in the Knicks.
However, in Carlisle’s press conference after the game, he didn’t express his anger at his team’s loss. No, he expressed his anger at toward the treatment of the opposing coach who upended him on Sunday evening.
Throughout the hellish season so far for the New York Knicks, Woodson’s job has come into question on more than a couple occasions. Basically, you open up a New York newspaper or tabloid these days, you’re bound to find some sort of negative sentiment being swung in the direction of Woodson.
Most recently, there has even been the talk of canning him and bringing back Jeff Van Gundy to coach the team.
Whatever the case may be, that angers Carlisle, and he let that be known after he and his team lost to Woodson and the Knicks on Sunday.
“If I could make one statement about Mike Woodson, I just marvel at the job he’s doing with this team right now, given the circumstances, given all the ridiculous rumors about his job security and all the nonsense that’s being stirred up in that media cesspool in New York City,” he said.
That says something coming from a veteran coach like Carlisle. Even though this mess in New York may unfortunately continue until Woodson is ousted, it does mean something if his peers are going to start sticking up for him.