Thursday, January 23, 2014
Opening Tip: Time for a change at the top?
By Ian Begley
Wednesday’s loss to Philadelphia is sure to ramp up the speculation about Mike Woodson’s job.
It’s one thing to lose to Charlotte on the road in the second game of a back-to-back or fall to the Clippers at the end of a four-game-in-five-night stretch. But losing to the Nets at home by 23 and then to a Sixers team that had lost six of seven coming in will surely fuel calls for Woodson to be replaced.
We’ve been here before with this team.
Back in December, the Knicks had lost nine in a row to fall to 3-13 and “Woody Watch” was in full swing. The Knicks then stumbled to a 9-19 record near the end of the month. At that point, owner James Dolan told players and coaches that no changes were coming.
Dolan’s next move -- whether it’s firing Woodson, calling for a trade or sitting tight -- is always open to interpretation.
There’s one thing worth noting when thinking about Woodson’s job safety, though. The first time Dolan issued a vote of confidence, he cited the idea that Woodson had the respect of the locker room. After Tyson Chandler said the Knicks were “outschemed” in their loss to the Nets, it's fair to wonder if he still has the same confidence of his players.
Up now: The Knicks were undone by a late defensive lapse in their 110-106 loss to Philadelphia.