Carmelo backs Woodson

GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- Carmelo Anthony passionately offered his support for Mike Woodson in his final talk with reporters on Thursday.

“To be honest with you, Mike Woodson, he and I have become, he’s been a guy that I can talk to, almost a father figure, a friend, a guy that I can bounce stuff off,” Anthony said when asked about Woodson. “I’ve been a guy he’s talked to multiple times, about multiple things in different situations.

“So when that time comes, if it’s ready for me to step up and take that next step and say, ‘OK, Mike Woodson needs to stay or go,' I don’t think it would come down to that, but I would back him.”

Anthony’s sincere backing of Woodson came on a day when the head coach was not made available to reporters on the final availability of the season. On Wednesday night before the season finale against Toronto, Woodson declined to comment when asked if he would be a part of the team’s exit interviews.

Team president Phil Jackson could bring in a new coach who is familiar with the triangle offense. He already has signed former Laker Lamar Odom, who played for Jackson in the triangle system and can help others grasp the triangle better.

Woodson said earlier in the season that he would coach the triangle if need be.

“If he needs my recommendation whether it’s here or anywhere else, I’ll back him,” Anthony said. “I have nothing bad to say about Mike Woodson. I support him. For me as a player, I had some of my best years under Mike Woodson. So I would never have anything bad to say about Mike Woodson.”