Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Woody: Defense was 'awful' vs. Bobcats
By Ian Begley
Twenty-four hours after Tuesday's loss, Mike Woodson was still pretty mad about his team’s no-show performance against the Charlotte Bobcats.
"Defensively, we were just awful," Woodson said Wednesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s "The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show."
Woodson’s club held opponents to 89 points per game during its five-game winning streak. They couldn’t reach that standard against Charlotte on Tuesday night, finishing far from it.
Listen to the complete Woodson interview:
The Knicks allowed the Bobcats to shoot 50 percent from the field and gave up 108 points to a team that ranks 28th in points per game. In the Knicks’ defense, they were playing the second game of a back-to-back, but Woodson didn’t want to use that as an excuse.
"I gotta point the finger at me," said Woodson, who said his team "wasn’t ready defensively."
The Knicks got Tyson Chandler back for the Charlotte game after the center missed four games due to bronchitis. Chandler said in an interview with "The Michael Kay Show" that he was "winded" and "a little light-headed" after playing 16 minutes against the Bobcats. He did not anticipate being under a minutes restriction for Thursday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
Tyson says Woody and J.R. will grow "stronger" after incident: Chandler is taking an optimistic view of the latest J.R. Smith-Mike Woodson tiff.
"I’m not too concerned, to be honest with you, because I feel like it will get solved, and it will actually make [J.R.] and Woody stronger as far as having an understanding of one another," Chandler told Kay and Don LaGreca.
The Knicks didn't get the job done on defense against the Bobcats.
Smith was late to a team meeting Tuesday, sources told ESPNNewYork.com, which might have led to his benching Tuesday night.
Smith also had a run-in with Woodson on Monday after he complained about his playing time in overtime of the Knicks' win over the Phoenix Suns, sources confirmed.
Sources say Smith expressed his frustration with Woodson during the game, and the two had a brief, heated discussion over Smith's displeasure shortly after the game. Smith's tardiness Tuesday and frustration with playing just 45 seconds in overtime likely led to Woodson benching Smith on Tuesday against Charlotte.
Woodson hasn't publicly talked about his reasons for benching Smith against the Bobcats, but he hinted in an interview Wednesday with Smith and Ruocco that Smith has shown a lack of responsibility.
"I think it is a privilege to wear a uniform in this league," Woodson told Smith and Ruocco. "There's only 30 teams. There's [only] so many players on each team. I think every player has a responsibility and has to be held accountable for what they do on a ballclub."
Chandler was asked on Wednesday if it was better for players to police themselves instead of coaches implementing team rules. Chandler said, ultimately, discipline is more effective if delivered by Woodson.
"I think players can police certain things but at the end of the day, the coaches are kind of setting a system, the standard of what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate -- and then players police it," Chandler said. "When it comes straight from the top, I think it sends a bigger message."
A good cause: Global charity auction site Charitybuzz is auctioning the opportunity for 20 Knicks fans to team up and hit the courts for two hours in a private basketball game. Here is the link for fans to bid. Proceeds benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which serves the city's youth.