HoopsHype Mike Woodson rumors

March 5, 2014 Updates

Asked by The Post if his message no longer is reaching the players, Woodson said, “When you lose, everybody tends to reach. Sometimes you might send the wrong message. I think you learn a lot about your basketball team when you do lose. They learn a lot about each other. The character changes a little bit. We’ve had some struggle, a lot of struggles. I don’t think they’re tuning me out. They’re still listening, but just not getting it done on the basketball floor. That’s the frustrating part of it. We’re in games. We’re competing. Then all of a sudden we forget how to compete. That’s strange as hell from a coaching standpoint. We got to keep working through it. I’m not going to quit. That’s just not my nature. I hope these guys don’t quit. I don’t think they are quitting.’’ New York Post

March 4, 2014 Updates

Entering Monday, opponents were shooting 51.2 percent against him at the rim, according to the N.B.A. Consider that the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert was limiting opponents to 41.1 percent shooting at the rim. In addition, more versatile players have had success drawing Chandler away from the basket, averaging .941 points per possession on shots attempted from 17 feet to the 3-point arc, according to Synergy Sports. “I mean, it’s not just Tyson,” Woodson said before the game. “I think when you’re talking about having a good team and winning games at a high level, it starts with everybody. We’ve kind of been missing across the board from a defensive standpoint. We just haven’t been able to sustain things over a 48-minute ballgame.” New York Times

March 3, 2014 Updates

The Knicks fired GM Glen Grunwald last summer, never really explaining what he did to deserve being dismissed after building the team that had the franchise's most successful season in 13 years. They brought back former MSG executive Steve Mills to replace Grunwald. Mills' relationships with CAA, which represents Anthony, Woodson, assistant general managers Mark Warkentein and Allan Houston, are being counted on to deliver Anthony this summer and beyond. NBA.com

Coach Mike Woodson looks beaten down, almost certain to be cashiered when the season mercifully ends. The rumor mill keeps trying to find a way to bring Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau to New York next season (not a chance in hell, you hear; Thibs may have his moments with Chicago's front office, but he has no interest climbing into that septic tank). NBA.com

Mike Woodson said before the game the Knicks weren’t willing to wait on the Glens Falls sharpshooter, who became a free agent when he was released by the Kings last week, and instead signed Shannon Brown and Earl Clark with their open roster spots. “We already made our moves with Shannon and Earl,’’ Woodson said. “Then [Jimmer] got released right after we made our moves. There really was no considerations there.’’ New York Post

March 1, 2014 Updates
February 27, 2014 Updates

Dime: Earlier this season, you made some comments about your displeasure with how the defensive schemes were being run. A couple of days later, coach Mike Woodson reportedly approached you about your comments. What exactly went on there? Tyson Chandler: I guess anything you say, people are going to write about it, and say what they want to say about it. People are going to pick it apart and make it be something else. Coach and I got together to reassure what was taking place. You know, during games you are going to make adjustments. Dime

Dime: Speaking of Woodson, there has been a lot of talk about an end to his tenure in New York because of the disappointing season. Does he have full locker room support? Tyson Chandler: I think we all just have to stay together. That’s the only way we are going to get ourselves out of something like this. We still have the opportunity and a shot to make the playoffs. Dime

February 26, 2014 Updates
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February 23, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony was caught off guard, especially since World Peace had played more than seven minutes in Friday’s double-overtime loss in Orlando. “It’s sad to see them go, but this is the business of basketball ... it happened, and we’ve got to move on,” he said. “The buyouts kind of surprised me because [Friday] Metta seemed like he was in a good place. He was happy, he played . . . he was a different Metta.” Amar’e Stoudemire said, “I’m going to miss those guys. They want to play, they want to compete, they want to contend.” ESPN.com

February 21, 2014 Updates

However, according to a person familiar with the guards thinking, Shumpert feels he can be used better by coach Mike Woodson. Shumpert, according to the source, prefers not to play the small-forward position in the team’s two point-guard alignment. But especially with Andrea Bargnani injured, Woodson wants to roll with a three-guard unit to keep Carmelo Anthony at power forward. New York Post

Shumpert’s trade value in the league is a matter of taste. “Not a big fan,’’ said one NBA executive. “He’s not a good shooter. Is he a stopper or just a good defender? His performances are all over the place. He’s an OK rotation player on maybe a playoff team, but on Indiana or Miami, he wouldn’t even play.’’ New York Post

February 13, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: James Dolan WANTS to keep Woody rest of season. Does NOT want to make change now. But losses to Bucks & Kings leading into break ... ouch Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

February 12, 2014 Updates

But even with the Feb. 20 trade deadline and his summertime free agency looming —and Mike Woodson’s job status possibly on the line — Anthony insisted that such topics won’t be discussed this weekend as much as most observers would believe. “We don’t have time to talk like that. You guys are going to be there. We don’t have time to just sit down and relax,” Anthony said. “I think All-Star weekend is just a time where you can relax, decompress, kind of reflect on the first half of the season and kind of gear up for the second half of the season. As far as recruiting and things like that, that never happens. New York Daily News

February 11, 2014 Updates
February 10, 2014 Updates

Mike Woodson believes he has the support of the organization and thinks he will be coaching the Knicks after this weekend's All-Star break. "Sure I do," he said. "Sure I expect to be coaching, absolutely." Speculation remains that he could be dismissed before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. But he's tuning it out, and he said he has the backing of Knicks brass. "I think so," Woodson said. "I'm still coaching the Knicks, that's kind of how I'm looking at it. If I didn't have the support, I would probably be looking for a job. That's not the case. Guys are in my corner. I just got to keep pushing guys and trying to do my job to the best of my ability." Newsday

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