The 2013-14 season has not been good to the New York Knicks or their head coach Mike Woodson.
Woodson has been questioned and called out by his players for most of the season, most recently by center Tyson Chandler. Chandler wasn’t the first and isn’t the last as Amar’e Stoudemire is the latest player to pretty much call out his head coach.
Stoudemire has been clamoring for a bigger role all season, but Woodson has left him on a minutes restriction, despite the Knicks’ medical staff claiming that there is no minutes restriction on STAT.
Tuesday, STAT sounded off about the situation and Woodson.
According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, STAT has had enough of sitting at the end of the bench:
I feel great…I am ready to play. But it’s up to him if he wants to play me or not.
From a doctor’s standpoint, there hasn’t been limitations since the first week of the season…So we can’t keep saying limitations — that’s a coach’s decision at the end of the day.
I talk to Coach all the time about it…He knows I am ready. He knows how hard I train. He watches me in the weight room and also on the basketball court. The whole training staff knows, the Knicks organization knows how hard I train.
You have to feel bad for STAT as he truly does work as hard as anyone.
However does STAT deserve a bigger role?
At the end of the day you can make a strong case that he simply doesn’t. He just doesn’t defend well enough to deserve major minutes.
The Knicks are getting outscored by more than 10 points per 100 possessions with Stoudemire on the floor this season, according to NBA.com. The only current Knicks player to post a worse mark is Cole Aldrich.
With a team that is trying to fight for a playoff spot, which pretty much says it all too why STAT needs to accept his diminished role.
The Knicks don’t get stops with Stoudemire on the floor, which ultimately means you can’t play him at all in the fourth quarter.
At the end of the day I have always respected Stoudemire and the way he handles himself with class especially when he started having to come off the bench initially last season.
I also respect the fact that he wants a bigger role. What true competitor wouldn’t?
But it simply comes down to strengths and weaknesses and as much as I would love to see STAT get more minutes, it is hard to make a case for him to do so as he severely hampers an already bad defensive team even more.