While the New York Knicks 117-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night might have stopped the bleeding for the time being, word has come out (via the Daily News) that Knicks' owner James Dolan had a recent meeting with Carmelo Anthony about the direction the Knicks should be moving in.
In other words, Dolan was essentially asking Anthony, how much longer do you want Mike Woodson as coach?
From a source connected to Frank Isola, Knicks management is undecided about the fate of Woodson:
James Dolan’s visit to the Knicks’ locker room late Wednesday included a high-level meeting with Carmelo Anthony and at least one other player to discuss the state of the club and whether a coaching change is necessary, the Daily News has learned.
According to a team source, Dolan is obviously troubled by the Knicks’ 19-30 record and is contemplating removing head coach Mike Woodson. The Knick hierarchy is divided on whether Woodson has lost the locker room and the chairman of Madison Square Garden was wise to take the temperature of the franchise player. Dolan, though, also runs the risk of alienating Anthony if the public perception is that the All-Star forward, who is extremely sensitive to the notion that he is a “coach killer,” is at all responsible for running Woodson out of town.
This is not good on any front. Obviously, players should not dictate whether or coach stays or goes and Dolan should know better than to broach Anthony about the subject. It all points to a franchise in turmoil and one who can’t get out of their own way. As they say it's like the inmates are running the asylum.
How will this shake out, even if Anthony gets his way and wants Woodson out? Will that mean he’ll definitely stay and not opt out of his contract at the end of the season. If Woodson stays does that mean Anthony is gone?
Clearly, Woodson is a dead man walking and it’s only a matter of when, not if, he gets fired. Will it be before the all-star break? Will it come this season or after the season?
In a Sports Illustrated report (linked below), Woodson sees the writing on the wall and is expecting to be fired soon.
Well, after a nice win on Friday night, Woodson’s stay of execution will be put on hold, but for how long?
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