Saturday, November 23, 2013
Woodson, Melo had Friday meeting
By Ian Begley
WASHINGTON -- Mike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony had a meeting of the minds after Friday's practice.
"Just wanted to see where his head was and make sure everybody stays the course," Woodson said before Saturday's game against Washington. "Not just Melo. I've had some sit downs with a few guys just to let them know that it's still a long season and we've got to pick it up and nobody, thank god, is running away with it in our division."
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Entering play Saturday, Anthony was averaging 26.1 points and 9.5 rebounds for the 3-8 Knicks. Though he was shooting just 41 percent from the field and turning it over three times per night.
"Melo's not going anywhere," Woodson said. "He's had his ups and downs just like all of us had. But for the most part, lately, he's been playing extremely well."
Anthony: Fine's on me: Anthony said he'd pay the fine the NBA handed down to Woodson on Friday for criticizing officials. Woodson was fined $25,000 for complaining that Anthony didn't get super star calls from officials.
"I'll take care of him. I don't know about $25,000, but I'll take care of him here and there," Anthony said. "We got a long year, man. I'll spread it out across the year."
Woodson didn't want to discuss the fine in detail.
"My mouth is zipped man, it's zipped," the coach said.
More minutes for Amar'e? Woodson said he hopes to play Amar'e Stoudemire 20 minutes on Saturday. Stoudemire's season high is 15 minutes. ... Woodson said he'd like to see the Knicks knock down more 3-pointers, but he wants J.R. Smith to take the ball to the basket more often. ... PG Raymond Felton (hip/hamstring) remains day to day. He has missed three games due to his hamstring and hip injuries. ... Tyson Chandler is with the Knicks on their four-game road trip. He has not started running. Woodson doesn't have a specific timetable for his return.