It’s been no secret that the New York Knicks desperately want to deal third-year guard Iman Shumpert.
Apparently the organization wants Shumpert gone so badly that they have stooped to a new level by throwing their head coach under the bus to attempt to make a deal.
As if their horrible start to the season and all the drama weren’t enough to create a complete train wreck to begin with, the Knicks have reportedly been telling teams that Shumpert is being coached wrong as they are trying to use Woodson’s poor coaching in an attempt to sell Shumpert to inquiring teams.
ESPN New York’s Ian Begley wrote:
According to league sources with knowledge of the team’s talks with potential trade partners, president/GM Steve Mills’ management team has also cited Mike Woodson’s coaching as one reason for Shumpert’s poor play.
There are a lot of things that aren’t going right for Woodson at the moment, but the last thing he probably needs right now is the organization blaming him for Shumpert’s struggles.
If that’s the case then fire him instead of continuing to look foolish as an organization.
Shumpert is averaging only 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the field. He’s also posted only a 10.69 PER, according to ESPN, well below the league average of 15.
That’s not all Woodson’s fault.
It makes sense for the Knicks to try to get maximum value for Shump and the way he is playing, his value drops every game.
But to throw your own coach under the bus in the process?
That’s sinking to a new low.
James Dolan and company have turned this team into a laughingstock.
If they can’t reward Shumpert, a player who brings energy at both ends of the floor when the rest of the team generally has none, then he should request to be traded immediately.
As for Woodson, it appears the writing is on the wall, which has likely been the case for weeks.
You couldn’t blame him one bit for wanting out as well.
If that would be the case, who would be left to blame?