Mike Woodson has propelled the Knicks to 4 straight victories, but is this really what they needed?

Keywords: mike woodson, quitting, mike dantoni, carmelo anthony, john shmeelk

I have never been more disgusted with a four game winning streak that has produced numerous blowouts. It is clear that the Knicks quit on Mike D’Antoni. The head coach should not have to resign before the team decides they actually want to try to win. Now some credit does have to go to new coach Mike Woodson. Woodson is a defensive minded coach with a system very different than D’Antoni. As much as I respect the work of Woodson, his presence should not have made the difference in the Knicks becoming a contender again. Yesterday I came across an article by John Shmeelk of CBS Sports. The following quote is from that piece, and it has a bit of a startling connotation.

 

“Anthony said over the last three games, his focus “was to have an energy that I haven’t had so far this season.” “Especially on the defensive end,” Anthony said. “Everybody on this team knows, everybody in the world knows I can score the basketball. It’s not that important to me. As far as on the defensive end, just showing my teammates that the effort is there, giving that extra effort. And as a result, everybody’s been feeding off of that.”

 

Again thank you to Shmeelk for bringing this to the attention of Knicks fans. This quote really does say a lot about Carmelo Anthony. He plain and simply admits that he was not giving a full effort under coach D’Antoni. This is the face of the Knicks franchise, this is the man that the Knicks traded their entire team to acquire, and this guy has the audacity to only play hard when it is convenient for him. I could go on and on berating Melo for his selfishness, but at this point everything speaks for itself. On an attempt to be positive (or negative depending on how you look at it) Toney Douglas finally saw some action for the Knickerbockers. Nothing showed up in the stat line but he did look like he was giving his 100%, something we cant say for some Knicks.