Mike Woodson has been under a lot of scrutiny for the New York Knicks after a 3-6 start.
Understandably, the coach is usually the first person the finger gets pointed at when a team gets off to a bad start. He is in charge of the team and sometimes the coach actually is to blame.
One instance in recent memory was when Woodson replaced in Mike D’Antoni, in New York. The Knicks were struggling under D’Antoni, and then Woodson came in and turned the season around with an 18-6 run.
But, that was then and this is now. Does Woodson deserve to stay as the coach of one of the most beloved teams in the Big Apple and NBA?
Yes he does.
The Knicks are not hitting their open looks. They have had a plethora open shots, but they are not hitting the majority of them. That is not Woodson’s fault. Some of their key players are shooting like amateurs. Carmelo Anthony is at 41 percent, J.R. Smith hit just 11 percent in his first game back, Raymond Felton at 38 percent and Tim Hardaway Jr. at 36 percent.
The season is also still young. The Knicks are just a half game out of first in their division despite this horrific start. Last season the Pacers started off 2-4 and ended up going to the Eastern Conference Finals, which involved beating the Knicks in the process.
It is too early to make assumptions and hire a coach after nine games.
Look at the Lakers last season. They fired Mike Brown almost instantly and it did not help at all. It would be pointless right now to fire Woodson and mess up the chemistry of the team. The players would have to learn a new system and get accustomed to a new coach. It is too early for that.
Woodson is at a blame for this bad start, but he is not the only person to blame. It is not totally his fault. The Knicks could just be in a cold streak at the moment and it would be a bad idea to let him go so early.