Mike Woodson didn’t get fired Thursday and Carmelo Anthony didn’t get snowed in as he headed to All-Star weekend. Anthony moves onto the national stage in the Big Easy, in the starting frontcourt for the Eastern Conference, and the Knicks coach moves into the weekend planning to do nothing. “[I’m] going to sit still for three days and get my mind and body ready for after the break,’’ said Woodson, who appears will make good on his promise of walking in Memphis when the Knicks reconvene for practice there Monday. Anthony flew Thursday to New Orleans by charter with Knicks owner James Dolan, Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. and a caravan of other family and Knicks personnel. By not firing Woodson, Dolan spared Anthony from having to answer for it at Friday’s All-Star press conferences. Anthony joins LeBron James and Paul George in the front court for the East. George is on the league-leading Pacers, James the two-time defending champion Heat and Anthony on the hopeless Knicks, who entered the All-Star break 20-32 after a crushing 106-101 overtime loss Wednesday to the woebegone Kings. With 30 games left, the Knicks (20-32), who trail for the eighth spot by 2 ½ games, have to go 21-9 just to finish .500. They can go 30-0 to close the season and still fall four games shy of matching last season’s 54-28 mark. Syracuse, Anthony’s alma mater, is undefeated and, already with 24 victories, has four more wins than the Knicks. “If I knew it wasn’t a championship team, I would’ve just said that from the jump,” Anthony said. “I didn’t expect for us to be in the situation we are in now. ‘’ The biggest challenge for Anthony this weekend is to maintain a confident front as the international media also will question him on topics such as whether he wants to escape New York via free agency, the Knicks’ disastrous season and Woodson’s day-by-day job status.
Woodson, Melo hope Knicks benefit from All-Star respite
New York Post | Feb 14