It's inaccurate to say the New York Knicks have quit on Mike Woodson. They are a week removed from a four-game winning streak. On Wednesday, they played the Portland Trail Blazers -- one of the best teams in the NBA -- pretty evenly before falling just short, 94-90. So for those looking for reasons to fire Woodson, it's a stretch to say all of the players have stopped competing for him. But recently, some players have grown a bit tired of Woodson pointing out the team's lack of effort after losses. They expressed their frustration privately in a group setting late last month, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com. And a few players communicated their frustration to Knicks management, league sources say. This could be interpreted as a schism between players and coaches. But more than likely it is a product of the toll constant losing takes on a locker room. If the Knicks were winning games, this wouldn’t be an issue. The problem is, the Knicks are in the midst of another losing streak. Naturally it has brought on a fresh round of media speculation about Woodson's job security. The Bergen Record has reported that the Knicks have “plotted ending the tenure" of Woodson. That planning, according to the Record, includes elevating Herb Williams to interim head coach and possibly adding Larry Johnson as an assistant. Still, as the Record report notes, Knicks owner and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan could easily change his mind and choose to keep Woodson on for the rest of the season. That's the thing with trying to forecast the Knicks' next coaching move: oftentimes, it's a fool's errand. The only people who truly know what the Knicks will do next are Dolan and team president/general manager Steve Mills. And Dolan, the ultimate decision-maker, isn’t speaking to the media.
Knicks tired of Woody 'effort' talk
ESPN | Feb 8