HoopsHype Beno Udrih rumors

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League sources say the 31-year-old veteran communicated his wishes to the Knicks in recent days and the team will try to honor the request. Udrih signed with the Knicks over the summer for the veteran's minimum at $1.27 million. At the time, Udrih hoped to be a part of the Knicks' three point guard rotation along with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. ESPN.com

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Later in the day, Woodson apparently took offense to reporters writing he had blamed Udrih and attempted to clarify he wasn’t blaming him. Woodson may be sensitive because Udrih previously made comments he was frustrated with some recent criticism. It was unclear if Udrih was talking about fan and media criticism or from the coach. “I want to clear up something,’’ Woodson said unsolicited. “The Beno thing, everybody is held accountable. I wouldn’t point the finger at Beno for anything. When you’re trying to win games coming down the stretch, everybody has to be held accountable on what they do. He had the ball. He probably should’ve held the ball. That’s just the nature of winning basketball games.’’ New York Post

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There was frustration in the Knicks’ locker room after the 123-94 Christmas Day loss to Oklahoma City. None more than from Beno Udrih, the third-string point guard who now has been forced into the starting role after injuries to Raymond Felton (groin) and Pablo Prigioni. Udrih has been singled out for poor play on several occasions by Mike Woodson in the press and appears to have had enough. “It’s easy to point fingers when the team loses. But it comes down to we are a team, we lose together,” Udrih said. “No matter who makes a mistake or who doesn’t, it’s still a team loss. So I think all of this stuff should be kept out of the media and not call certain people out.” New York Daily News

Point guard Beno Udrih was defensive over recent criticism of his play, stemming from last week’s last-second loss to the Wizards in which Bradley Beal slipped by him for a go-ahead layup. “I’ve been playing this sport professionally for 16 years, different leagues and here, this is my 10th year,” Udrih said. “Usually, I was a guy that somehow made the right play at the end of the games or stuff like that. I’ve always been pretty good with not turning over the ball and this year, it’s totally different. I don’t know what happened that summer. I don’t think I forgot [how] to play basketball, so there’s a lot of factors.” New York Post

Woodson was especially critical of Udrih’s errors after a loss to the Wizards and those kinds of events, Urdih said, are affecting him. “I kind of feel like when I do the right thing, it’s not the right thing in some people’s eyes,” he said. “Sometimes I have a feeling like when I do a mistake, they have a feeling that I’m making the mistake on purpose. As weird as it sounds, that’s how I feel.” “You can point fingers at me as much as you can, but if things don’t work it’s not one person’s fault,” he added. New York Daily News

December 25, 2013 Updates

Beno Udrih isn't happy about people criticizing his play. He doesn't want to "point fingers" at a specific culprit, but it's pretty clear that he's talking about Mike Woodson. "I kind of feel like when I do the right thing, it's not the right thing in some people's eyes. It's just tough. It's easy to point fingers when the team loses. But it comes down to, we are a team, we lose together. No matter who makes a mistake or who doesn't, it's still a team loss," Udrih said. "So I think all of this stuff should be kept out of the media and not call certain people out or something. We've just got to go out there and fix it and watch video and fix it as a team." ESPN.com

"I got pointed out a couple of times that I think it was unfortunately a team loss at the end," Udrih said. Woodson said after Wednesday's loss that Udrih "struggled a little bit" against Oklahoma City. The 31-year-old shot 1-for-6 from the floor with six assists and two turnovers. He badly missed three shots (one hit the side of the backboard) and had one blocked. ESPN.com

Udrih wasn't complaining about playing time on Wednesday, though. It was more about criticism of his play. "I've always been pretty good with not turning over the ball and this year it's totally different. I don't know what happened that summer. I don't think I forgot [how] to play basketball. So there's a lot of factors," he said. "You can point fingers at me as much as you can but if things don't work it's not one person's fault ... It's a team sport." ESPN.com

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