Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Woodson: Right now Beno a Knick
By Matt Ehalt
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson would not address whether point guard Beno Udrih requested a trade, as first reported by ESPNNewYork.com.
"Right now Beno is wearing a Knicks uniform. And as long as he's in a Knicks uniform, I expect him to be professional about his approach," Woodson said. "I expect him to work his butt off when he's here in practice. And when he gets an opportunity to play, I expect him to play hard and to help us try to win games. That's his job."
Mike Woodson expects Beno Udrih to leave it all on the court despite the guard's desire to depart N.Y.
League sources told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley that the veteran recently told the Knicks he wishes to be traded, and the Knicks are trying to accommodate him. Udrih signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $1.27 million in the offseason but has struggled to stay in the rotation. Udrih averages just 19.9 minutes per game and played four minutes in Monday's 103-80 loss to Brooklyn.
Woodson criticized Udrih for not playing strong defense on the final possession in a Dec. 16 loss to Washington, and also called out Udrih for passing to J.R. Smith late in a loss to Houston on Jan. 3. With the game tied and the Knicks having the option to hold for the last shot, Udrih passed to Smith, who missed a 3-pointer. Houston grabbed the rebound and won in regulation.
The 31-year-old seemingly took a shot at Woodson earlier this season when discussing the critiques of his game.
"I kind of feel like when I do the right thing, it's not the right thing in some people's eyes. It's just tough. It's easy to point fingers when the team loses. But it comes down to, we are a team, we lose together. No matter who makes a mistake or who doesn't, it's still a team loss," Udrih said in December. "So I think all of this stuff should be kept out of the media and not call certain people out or something. We've just got to go out there and fix it and watch video and fix it as a team."
Metta update: Forward Metta World Peace (knee) shot some jumpers off to the side but did not participate in the team's scrimmage at the end of practice.
World Peace was scheduled Monday to have the fifth and final blood-spinning therapy treatment on his knees, and said Monday he hopes to play Wednesday against Philadelphia. World Peace said he would not rush himself back.
The forward has missed the past 12 games and last played Dec. 27.
Personnel problems: When asked if this year's Knicks squad is doing anything different scheme-wise than last year's 54-win team, center Tyson Chandler said it's the players.
"It's personnel. That's what I mean. As players we have to understand what we're trying to accomplish out there and every group is going to be different," Chandler said. "This team is different from last year's team."
He added: "Philosophy is the same but the thing is you've got different players and players play things different and adjust on the fly. This is a different unit."