Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Opening Tip: Clock ticking for Woodson?
By Ian Begley
The Knicks are 5-15, tied for the worst 20-game start in franchise history.
They have lost 11 of 13. Their last two losses have been embarrassing. They suffered a 41-point defeat to Boston on Sunday and fell to Cleveland by 15 on Tuesday.
That's why Mike Woodson finds his seat uncomfortably hot on Wednesday morning.
There was rampant speculation that Woodson was on the verge of being fired last week, before the Knicks reeled off wins over the Nets and Magic.
Any breathing room Woodson earned from those two wins is gone now.
After Tuesday's 15-point loss to Cleveland, Woodson's job security became Topic No. 1 around the Knicks. Coaching sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Woodson is privately concerned about his job security more than he has let on publicly. In numerous interviews on the subject, Woodson has put on a brave face, insisting that he's focused on nothing more than trying to dig the banged-up Knicks out of this hole.
But as Woodson continues to struggle to accomplish that task, you have to wonder how much longer he's going to coach this team.
A league source with knowledge of the coaching staff's thinking told ESPNNewYork.com before Tuesday's game that Woodson senses that there has been a shift from owner James Dolan's stated vote of confidence. Last week, the New York Post also reported Dolan's confidence in Woodson had waned.
In other words, Dolan's patience appears to be wearing thin.
Around the Knicks, that's never a good thing.
"People are just waiting for Dolan to [make the call]," one league source said.
When or if that happens is anyone's guess. But with the losses piling up, it feels like the expiration date on Woodson is fast approaching.
That leads us to our question on Wednesday morning: Do you think Woodson will be fired for the Knicks' struggles? Does he deserve to be?