The easy thing to do, to explain the Knicks’ 3-6 start to the season, is to blame the coach. A fire of Mike Woodson would be the perfect scapegoat for a front office that has more issues than it does wins.
But that’s not how the Knicks operate. However, what management is doing is pressuring Woodson to change his rotations. Of course, Frank Isola reports:
Despite the Knicks’ 3-6 start and five straight home losses, Woodson is not in imminent danger, according to a source, of being the next Knicks head coach to “resign” — which is Garden-speak for canned. If Lenny Wilkens and Mike D’Antoni both resigned, so will Woodson. Count on it.
Until then, the coach is safe, but the word from above is to tinker with the starting lineup, which likely will include shifting soon-to-be-traded Iman Shumpert to the bench and likely promoting veteran tough guy Kenyon Martin. The move allows Anthony to play small forward while placing a rebounding and defensive-minded forward next to Andrea Bargnani, a non-rebounding, defensively challenged forward/center.
Well this should be fun.
Not only are the Knicks planning to panic trade Iman Shumpert, but they are also beginning to panic adjust their lineup. I mean, we’re 10 games into the season and the Knicks are really overreacting. I’m sure they wouldn’t be sitting at 3-6 if Tyson Chandler were healthy — the anchor of that defense. In my opinion, they should sit tight and hope for the best until he returns. It’s not like the Eastern Conference is going anywhere.
Chill, Knicks. Chill.