COMMENTARY | Most recently, in the world of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson could be sent packing the the February trade deadline.
First of all, only the Knicks would leak information like this to the public rather than showing their hand and making a move. Why they must wait for the reaction of the fans and the media first before making an organizational decision, I will never know.
Either way, this is another just another gallon of gasoline being poured on the fire by a redundant franchise that really doesn't know what direction it is heading in. So whoever thought acquiring the public's opinion on this internal matter would help things is clearly rooting for the Knicks to fail.
Letting Mike Woodson go at this juncture of the season would not lead to a brighter tomorrow. If this was the move the Knicks really wanted, it should have happened earlier in the season. Now, with the Knicks 10 games under .500 and a plethora of injuries and on-court issues, who can realistically come in and clean up this mess before the playoffs? Also, as if front-office instability will make Carmelo Anthony want to stay -- that's laughable.
I understand the delicate situation New York has put itself in, but treating this situation with drastic measures like firing the coach and replacing him with an assistant or someone with little to no experience isn't going to make the Knicks a championship contender over night. That's already light years out of the equation.
Whoever the coach may be, the Knicks are nothing but a first-round exit this year. If you believe that's something that can't be accomplished by Woodson, I don't know whom you think would make that goal any more feasible.
As I said before, if firing Woodson is the route New York really wants to go, it should have happened in December when the Knicks hit one of their many rock-bottoms. Now that they're playing consistently inconsistent and they suffer a loss at the hands of the NBA's worst team, it's all of a sudden time to let Woodson go?
Yes, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks this year, a team with only nine wins, is detrimental. It hurts the team's chemistry and fans are hitting the panic button, but there's no way a midseason coaching change -- especially when there are really no attractive candidates -- will benefit this club. If the ship sinks, Woodson should have to go down with it, not some innocent soul that is forced to take the reigns of a runaway carriage. If the Knicks can't get back on track with Woodson this year, the year may end up being a throwaway. Sadly, it's beginning to look like this more and more every game.
Woodson's coaching methods can be questioned and argued about until all of us are blue in the face, but that doesn't hide the fact that Woody has built a bond with his players and they support him. They may take shots at his coaching ability at times or tell reporters in post-game reports that they were "out schemed," but this team has rode with Woodson since his arrival as an assistant coach in New York. Now, with injuries, effort issues, and the simple fact that this is not a very talented team, it's the right time for Woodson to go?
If you haven't already, take a long, hard look at what Woodson has been working with this season. Carmelo Anthony -- the nucleus of this team. Besides that, what else makes this a good team? Tyson Chandler has become a shell of what he formerly was; J.R. Smith has turned around his play recently (I don't see anyone thanking Woodson for that); Iman Shumpert has been a disappointment; Andrea Bargnani continues to show New Yorkers why he was ran out of Toronto; Amar'e Stoudemire's contract is the only thing keeping him on the floor; and Raymond Felton is not a starting-caliber point guard.
This ring-ding operation the Knicks are running here with their players is an absolute mess. Their record is merely a showing of the talent that is composed. Blame the front office for that, not Woodson.
Blame Woodson when it comes to how that talent is managed. Yes, I can agree his rotations stink and he continues to do things that don't work, but any coach that comes in would improve the Knicks by what, maybe five more wins that they would have gotten with Woodson? The playoffs are still very much in sight with or without Woodson. Besides that, there really shouldn't be any other goals on the horizon for New York besides retaining Anthony. Let Woodson ride this situation out because he created this situation on the court with what he was dealt.
There isn't anything that could be done now that will make this team that much better. They are what they are at this point in the season and if anyone should be able to turn things around, at least give Woodson that chance. Fire him in the offseason if that's what the organization has set its heart on.
Right now, I just don't see it doing much besides creating a field day for the media and a dark cloud to hang over the heads of Knicks fans.
Steve has experienced all the possible feelings of an overwhelmed fan rooting for the Knicks. He now expresses those feelings to you, the readers of Yahoo, through balanced opinions and statistical analysis. You can follow Steve on Twitter @Steve_Scafidi.
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