It’s been nearly a year since Mike Woodson took over for fired Head Coach Mike D'Antoni and became the new Head Coach of the New York Knicks. I’ve been hard on him since day one and have made my reasons very clear. Simply visit the home page of my show site and search for New York Knicks and you’ll know where I’m coming from.
On Thursday, after the Knicks were hammered by the Denver Nuggets, Coach Woodson said the following on ESPN Radio;
"I'm going to listen to my players; he told me (Carmelo Anthony) he could play and we accommodated him by playing," Woodson said. (online source)
An open line of communication is very important in this day and age….however how do you reconcile the statement above with this one coming from Mike Woodson, again to ESPN Radio the day after Carmelo Anthony was injured against Cleveland….Anthony had asked to come out of the game prior to tumbling to the floor….
“I should have. But stubborn coach, I just didn't. We're down 22, I'm going to leave one of my best players in the game. Maybe I should have taken him out before he actually stumbled and took the fall. Again, I'm thinking the game. I'm thinking he'll play through it, he'll figure it out. But hey, he was hurting. He walked out after he took the spill and he didn't come back. That's not Melo-like. Obviously his knee was bothering him.” (online source)
Now back to Woodsons comments after the Denver game and what conclusion can be reached?
The coach was asked if it was his responsibility to make the final decision on injured players. "It's my job to do that but it's also my job to trust my players and believe in my players to the point where I trust their judgment as well," he said. (online source)
So let me get this straight…..Mike Woodson claims he listens to his players and that it’s his job to trust and believe in his players to the point where he trusts their judgment yet when his star player tells him he can’t play because he’s hurt Woodson was too stubborn to do what he claims is his job…..and the conclusion?
Mike Woodson is too stubborn to do his job, he really doesn’t listen to or trust his players or their judgment and should be fired before someone really gets hurt.