Opening Tip: Fire Woodson?

November, 20, 2013
If the Knicks fall behind by double digits in the second half at home on Wednesday, there's a good chance that a small, vocal section of fans at the Garden will start a "Fire Woodson!" chant.

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AP Photo/Carlos OsorioLet's wait before we start to blame Mike Woodson for the Knicks' early-season struggles.
Should Knicks owner James Dolan follow their advice?

I don't think so.

There are too many factors here that are out of Woodson's control.

Let's start with the injuries. Metta World Peace, one of the team's top defenders, is hurt. Raymond Felton, the key to ball movement and offensive balance for the Knicks, has been banged up for the entire season. And, most importantly, Tyson Chandler -- the team's defensive anchor -- is out for at least another two weeks with a broken right fibula.

These injuries are beyond Woodson's control. With a healthy Chandler and -- to a lesser extent -- a healthy Felton, I think things wouldn't be as dire for the Knicks as they seem right now.


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New York would certainly be better than 3-7 entering Wednesday's game against the Pacers if everyone were healthy.

Of course, there are a few things under Woodson's control that are a mess right now: the pick-and-roll defense and ball movement, just to name two. Also, the players' lack of effort falls squarely on Woodson's shoulders.

Still, I think he deserves a chance to coach this team when it's healthy again. The Knicks have more pressing issues to address before they make a coaching change.

All of that leads us to our question for Wednesday: Do you think the Knicks should fire Woodson? Is he the biggest reason the team has gotten off to a slow start?

Up now: Carmelo Anthony had an off night in the Knicks' loss to Detroit. New York has dropped three games in a row and four of five heading into Wednesday's game against Indiana.

Raymond Felton (hamstring/hip) and Metta World Peace (knee) sat out with injuries.

Lastly, ex-Knicks GM and current Pacers exec Donnie Walsh says New Yorkers should show patience with the Knicks and Nets.

What's next: The Knicks play Indiana (9-1) at home on Wednesday. They are 0-2 in the second game of back-to-backs thus far this season.

Question: Do you think the Knicks should fire Woodson? Is he the biggest reason the team has gotten off to a slow start?

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