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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tyson: Knicks need a 'culture' change

By Ian Begley

Tyson Chandler has some interesting theories on why the Knicks struggled this season.

One is that they lack a winning culture.

“What has to be different [next season]? I think we all have to be on the same page. I think that’s the biggest key. A winning culture. Got to establish a winning culture, if not, you allow history to repeat itself,” Chandler said after exit interviews on Thursday.

Those words could be construed as a criticism of coach Mike Woodson.

Chandler believes there was a "disconnect" at times between players and coaches during the Knicks' 37-45 season.

"I think there was probably was some disconnect, probably some misunderstanding," Chandler said. "A lot of that happens throughout the course of the season. I think the key is when you’re able to start off right -- normally an NBA season is long and you have your bumps in the road -- but then you’re able to come back to what brought you success. And we never got to that point. We found ourselves behind the eight ball, and then late in the season you’re kind of just scrambling and that’s not a position you want to be in."

Chandler also thinks there need to be changes on both sides of the ball.

"We have to alter a lot of stuff, um offensively and defensively to be quite honest," Chandler said. "If you don’t, like I said, you allow history to repeat itself. So I expect a lot of changes and I expect for us to have a culture and an identity with what we want to establish, night in and night out next year."

Amar'e Stoudemire added that the Knicks lacked professionalism this season.

Asked if the Knicks could bring back Woodson if the players were not on the same page with the coach, Stoudemire delivered an indictment of his teammates.

"You got to have pros. Pros are the guys who actually focus in on becoming a better basketball player," Stoudemire said. "Who are constant about their health, constant about training, and improving and studying the game of basketball."

There has been speculation surrounding Woodson's job status for most of the season. Players said president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills conducted interviews and Woodson was not involved. That's a bad sign for the coach's future. Head coaches are normally involved in exit interviews.

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