At 3-10 the New York Knicks are the biggest disappointment in the NBA so far this year.
That disappointment naturally comes with loads of speculation about potential roster moves and the fate of head coach Mike Woodson.
Nothing is going right for Woodson this season. Whatever he tries simply isn’t working. As the losses continue to pile up, it’s natural to belive that he will eventually lose the respect of the players in the locker room, especially with so many new faces from a season ago.
If Woodson hasn’t lost the locker room already, it could only be a matter of time.
But that’s something that the coach claims he is in no danger of doing anytime soon.
“I don’t think I have lost the locker room,” Woodson said during his weekly spot on “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on ESPN New York 98.7. “I don’t think I have lost players from an individual standpoint. What I have lost is a Tyson Chandler and a Raymond Felton, that is what I have lost from my starting team.”
Chandler is a big loss to this team so you have to think Woodson will be given the opportunity to attempt to turn things around once the big man returns.
I feel he grossly overestimates the importance of Felton. While the Knicks will be better off with Felton in the lineup than without him, the offense didn’t run that much better with him in the lineup and Felton continues to be a liability defensively.
I also belive that Woodson is closer to losing the locker room than he may want to lead on.
J.R. Smith said he has started panicking. Amar’e Stoudemire said his frustration level was “at an all-time high” and that the Knicks need to pass more. Carmelo Anthony said no one is having fun. Iman Shumpert looked disinterested against the Blazers.
These are comments and actions that no coach wants to hear and the more the Knicks lose, the more gripes we will hear.
As for Woodson losing the locker room and the respect of the players, he may be right and things may not be at that point yet.
But if he doesn’t turn things around in a hurry it is unavoidable.
It’s happened to coaches better than Woodson and will happen to him as well if the Knicks don’t start winning.