Four Things We Saw
- It’s been an eventful day for the Knicks. First Metta World Peace let it be known, through Twitter, that his agent was working on a buyout from the Knicks. Then, his brother Daniel Artest went off on the Knicks organization, calling Woodson a puppet and “trash as a coach”, calling Dolan “the worst owner in sports” and claiming that the Knicks PR team had him in their office to tell him that his tweets were a distraction. Soon after Metta announced he was seeking a buyout, it was also reported that Beno Udrih was also working on getting out of his contract. Here’s what Woodson had to say before the game:
Asked Woody if he was worried abt perception that vets like World Peace and Udrih are leaving on less-than-stellar terms. Said no (contd)…
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 22, 2014
Woodson: "When you're trying to build a team, it should be abt the tm. You can't play everybody. But youve still gotta be a good teammate."
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 22, 2014
Assuming Woodson is correct and this is all about playing time (that does sound reasonable) then it seems pretty clear that, if the Knicks management is willing to let guys out of their contracts due to not being in Woodson’s rotations, then they must be supportive of their current coach. If that were not the case, wouldn’t they let the players know that change was coming? I think we can safely assume that Woodson will remain the coach of the Knicks, at least through the end of the year.
- Let’s talk a little about Udrih first. In his limited minutes Beno has not been particularly good, there is no question about that. Even though he hasn’t been particularly effective, take a look at this comparison:
While Beno has not been good, Felton is having a season that’s about as helpful as a leaky nuclear power plant (Chernobyl or Fukushima, your choice). Fun fact: Fukushima, like Felton, is still spewing forth toxic radiation. try to avoid eating Pacific Tuna for the next hundred or so years. And like the deadly events in Japan, Feltushima is still starting games and playing major minutes–a crime that should result in someone being dragged before the Hague. If you were in Udrih’s situation, you would be pissed off about not getting playing time, too. You’d be even more pissed off when your coach calls you out to the media for poor play, while constantly defending his dumpster fire of a starting point guard. I don’t blame Beno at all. Get out and never look back!
- Today’s game agains the Atlanta Hawks, this happened:
Mike Scott: 30 PTS on 14 FGA – Career high in points
DeMarre Carroll: 24 PTS on 14 FGA – Career high in points
Jeff Teague: 28 PTS in 12 FGA – Not a career high, but still…
The Knicks were absolutely demolished by the Hawks’ perimeter players, with uncontested drives to the basket and open 3 pointers for all. This has been an issue all season. The Knicks could really use a player that can guard folks on the perimeter. Maybe a veteran player who had made a name for himself for his tenacious defense. That’s the kind of guy that the Knicks should pick up now that they have some open roster spots. I hear that Metta World Peace may be available. That guy would be perfect for this team!
- I guess I should get to this game that I’m supposed to be recapping. The Knicks lost, despite being up 17 in the 3rd quarter. There’s a surprise. I haven’t done many recaps this year, yet I still feel like I’m just repeating myself in each one. Even when they win, the flaws of this team are obvious enough that you can’t ever get too optimistic. And now the organization as a whole has once again showed glimpses of its inner workings and it scares the hell out of me. Being completely capped out, the only hope for this team competing this year and next was going to be contributions from veteran minimum players, such as Udrih and Metta, but now why would anyone voluntarily choose to ship out with the H.M.S. Poop? It makes you wonder if there is anything that could ever happen to this team that may serve as a wake-up call to our beloved owner to change his ways. I don’t even feel like giving grades tonight, except for one:
His nonsensical rotations and devotion to shitty players has bitten this team in the ass way too many times this season, yet management still has his back. There is nothing worst than being completely impotent to help make changes to something that is beloved to you, but that is exactly what is being made clear to the fans. The Knicks management is in control and there is nothing you, or I, can do to make them change course.
Rather than ending on such a down note, I’ll leave you with something a bit more lighthearted. Beno Udrih and I not only have a similar last name, but we are the same height and weight. If I were an NBA player I would be Beno Udrih:
I’ll miss you Beno and Metta! Best of luck to both of you, wherever you may end up!