Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Woodson: We need to be more professional
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- After he had a few hours to reflect on the messy ending to Monday's game, which included a postgame confrontation between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, Mike Woodson had a simple message for his team: Be more professional.
"I think we lost our composure last night," Woodson said on Tuesday on "The Stephen A. Smith Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "... We've got to play, leave the officials alone and play the game. It's my job to make sure guys do that. Again, it's not about individuals. This is a team game, and guys have got to be more professional about their approach."
Listen to the complete interview:
Anthony lost his cool in the fourth quarter of the Knicks-Celtics game when he and Garnett got into it and were each whistled for technical fouls.
Anthony then went looking for Garnett after the game, yelling outside of the Celtics locker room and trying to approach him outside of Boston's team bus.
"He just can't have slippage like that," Woodson said of Anthony, who is tied for the NBA lead in technical fouls with nine. "This thing is about team, it's about the New York Knicks, the organization and the players that are fielded here. It's not about individuals and that's what I'm hammering home. ... Guys have got to be more professional about their approach."
PHYSICAL PLAY JUST FINE WITH KNICKS: The Celtics aren't the first team to bother the Knicks with a physical approach.
The Knicks also lost their cool in a home loss to Chicago in late December, in which Woodson, Anthony and Tyson Chandler were tossed.
In an early-season loss in Memphis, the Knicks let a few whistles against them get under their skin.
Woodson, though, downplayed the idea that teams can be successful against the Knicks (23-11) by getting physical with them.
"That's three games, guys," he told Stephen A. Smith and co-host Ryan Ruocco. "We've already played a third of our season, and I think if that was the case, all teams would do that."
SHUMP HAS NO ISSUE WITH KG: At least one Knick has no problem with how Garnett plays.
"That's how he plays, that's how he played his whole career," said Iman Shumpert, who said he plays with a similar intensity. "I like it, though."