Over at The Times, I talked about the marked improvement of both Melo and the Knicks writ large since Mike Woodson grabbed hold the reins:
Carmelo Anthony’s recent admission that the new coach Mike Woodson had succeeded in coaxing an admittedly dormant “energy” out of him – particularly on the defensive end – raised eyebrows and ire in equal measure. Those certain that Mike D’Antoni’s sudden resignation pointed to a mutiny by Anthony finally, it seemed, had proof.
But a funny thing happened on the way to an 8-1 start under Woodson: Everyone, it seems, has picked up the intensity.
Since D’Antoni’s departure three weeks ago, the Knicks have vaulted from 10th in the league in defensive efficiency to fifth, allowing just over 97 points per 100 possessions. That is just a a little behind Miami, and also not that far behind Boston, Chicago and the league-leading 76ers.