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New York Knicks Set Friday Night Curfew Prior to Another 12 P.m. Start

December 21st, 2013 at 3:59 AM
By Daniel Stack

MattBritt00 / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

They say desperate times call for desperate measures and for the New York Knicks (8-17) that meant setting a curfew (rumored to be 10:00 p.m.) on Friday night in anticipation of another dreaded 12:00 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon against the Memphis Grizzlies (10-15).

According to Peter Botte of the Daily News, coach Mike Woodson is imposing the curfew with so much on the line.

From Botte:

Taking no chances after the last two noon games the Knicks played at home resulted in their two most lopsided losses of the season , endangered coach Mike Woodson planned to have the entire team holed up together at an area hotel Friday night before Saturday’s 12 p.m. game against Memphis at the Garden.

“Yeah, we’ve had those troubles and you know, we’re going to all get together tonight and huddle together,” Woodson said after practice Friday in Greenburgh. “I’m not going to let them hang out.

In case you didn’t know, the Knicks have come out sluggish in noon affairs having dropped 31 and 41-point losses to San Antonio and Boston, respectively.

So with that history, coach Mike Woodson—with his job on the line—is taking every step to make sure his team is ready and prepared while not coming out with the malaise they have had before for 12:00 p.m. starts. Whether their alarm clocks are broken or whether they can’t come out energized for an afternoon affair, something had to be done since the results before have been abominable.

A lot of Knicks’ fans have had fun with this on social media and the blogosphere, as this curfew seems to be a hint of curbing the Knicks perceived hard-partying ways. At the top of that list is, of course, J.R. Smith.

Smith and to some degree Carmelo Anthony have been known for hitting the town and indulging in the New York night life. But on Friday night, they were supposed to be confined to their hotel.

Added Anthony:

“We’ve done that plenty of times where we stayed at a hotel together, the night before a game. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it works. We’ll see about that tomorrow,” Anthony said. “We didn’t do it the San Antonio game. Sometimes it works — early games. Sometimes it don’t.

We’ll see if the Knicks take heed of this tactic and come out with a spirited effort on Saturday afternoon. If it doesn’t work, then Woodson could be out of options with unemployment possibly in his future.

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Tags: Basketball, Mike Woodson, NBA, New York

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