Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to be worrying around for other people’s job status, at least that’s what I implied when he said that New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson shouldn’t worry about his potential firing.
“When we win, the heat is off. When we lose, the heat is on. That’s just our business, that’s our society, that’s New York,” Anthony said after scoring 30 points in an 83-78 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. “It happens. He can’t worry about that. We can’t worry about that.”
TRANSLATION: “I don’t care whether he gets fired or not. If he gets fired, he deserves it. If he doesn’t, he obviously doesn’t deserve to get fired.”
The Knicks are 6-15 and are nowhere close to where “experts” predicted they’d be at this point in the season — thus the reasoning for the hot seat under Woodson.
A few weeks ago, there were rumors swirling around about potential replacements.
New York has lost 11 of their last 14 games and haven’t shown any signs of improving. However, the fact that Woodson has finally removed his minutes restriction on power forward Amar’e Stoudemire could be good for both parties moving forward.
A league source with knowledge of the coaching staff’s thinking told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday that there had been a shift from Dolan’s stated vote of confidence in light of all the losing.
Last week, the New York Post also reported Dolan’s confidence in Woodson had waned.
It is unclear whether Wednesday’s win had any effect on the organization’s thinking.
Still, with the uncertainty of his job security, Woodson isn’t going to put much stock in the rumors of his potential firing.
“I have been at this thing 30 years,” Woodson said in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 radio last month. “And the one thing I never and will never do is look over my shoulder. I won’t do that. I got too much pride for that.”
Woodson has another chance to “save his job” for another day against the Boston Celtics on Friday.