Dec 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
James Dolan has reportedly told the New York Knicks players that no trades or coaching changes are coming in the near future, regardless of the numerous rumors and reports that are swirling around New York.
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Dolan gathered the team before the first practice in the wake of New York’s embarrassing 29-point home loss to Oklahoma City on Christmas Day largely in an attempt to hush the growing speculation about coach Mike Woodson’s job security following the Knicks’ 9-19 start.
The discussion came amid increasing signs the Knicks’ effort and focus under Woodson is waning on top of the significant injury issues that have plagued them all season.
It’s believed Dolan took the step in an attempt to persuade Woodson’s players to band together and throw their full support behind the embattled coach to help dig New York out of the sizable hole it finds itself with essentially one-third of the regular season in the books, the sources said.
Apparently, Dolan isn’t ready to throw in the towel on this season yet because he believes that the Knicks could still win the lowly Atlantic Division. He isn’t wrong, but he’s not right.
My guess is as good as yours about what in the world the Knicks are doing behind closed doors. Carmelo Anthony has one foot out the door, they have no draft picks and practically no young pieces. The smart thing to do would be to just wave the white flag, trade Melo and fire everyone that has had a hand in the Knicks organization in the past 15 years.
Like it or not, I’d be surprised if Mike Woodson makes it through the season. Heck, I’d be surprised if he makes it through next week. That’s how bad it is.
But not according to Dolan. In Dolan’s mind, everything is fine and dandy — flowers are blooming.
It’s not. It’s far from that, and until Dolan and the Knicks realize that, it’ll be more mediocrity in New York.
Either that, or Dolan is just duping us — Woodson will be fired by next week and Melo will be traded for 10 first round picks. He’s secretly a genius.
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