It’s clear to even a blind person that the New York Knicks have been falling apart at the seams all year long with countless finger pointing and immature behavior from almost every player wearing a Knicks jersey, including head coach Mike Woodson.
The latest came after their 103-80 home loss to the Brooklyn Nets, when Tyson Chandler openly criticized the Knicks’ defensive strategy, per Newsday‘s Al Iannazzone: Tyson Chandler said he doesn’t agree with the Knicks defensive game plan and that they don’t have the personnel to switch on pick-and-rolls.
That couldn’t be truer.
Chandler also added:
“I don’t want to switch. I personally don’t like it. You come with a defensive plan and then every guy kind of mans up and takes his responsibility. I think switching should always be your last resort. That’s me, personally.”
I also feel it is ridiculous that the Knicks switch absolutely everything.
However Woodson didn’t seem too thrilled with Chandler’s comments, which truthfully should have stayed in house, and took it upon himself to confront the All-Star center.
According to the New York Daily News‘ Frank Isola:
According to a team source, Woodson recently confronted Chandler about comments the veteran center made that could be interpreted as undermining the coach’s authority. It is unclear when that conversation took place, but it could have happened last week following a loss to the Indiana Pacers, when Chandler said “we didn’t make adjustments.”
That answer was in response to reporters asking Chandler to comment on Woodson’s claim that the Pacers simply outworked the Knicks. It was erroneously reported that Carmelo Anthony was criticizing Woodson when in fact Chandler took a subtle shot.
Woodson also made it known that he confronted Chandler about it:
“I talk about it. I don’t think it’s something you air in the paper,” Woodson said of Chandler’s pointed criticism, per the New York Post‘s Fred Kerber. “You got issues, you hold your coach and your teammates accountable and you air it out amongst yourself.”
Throughout this season, this is just the latest example of the obvious fact that Woodson has clearly lost this Knicks team.
For a guy who has the unwarranted reputation of being a defensive coach, Woodson is not that at all and that is clearly a problem.
But it is even a bigger problem when your players take shots at your head coach.
For someone as classy as Chandler to do so, you know there has to be major problems.
Changes should have been made a while ago and until they happen (both players and coaches), sadly the finger pointing is going to continue.