Skip to content

Mike Woodson: ‘I don’t think I have lost the locker room’

Nov 27, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Mike Woodson

The Knicks are looking increasingly frustrated. It starts with their star, Carmelo Anthony, frequently complaining to officials and trickles down to the rest of the players.

Sometimes, issues like that are self-contained among the players. But other times, it’s the sign of larger discord – players lashing out in rebellion of a coach they no longer trust to corral them.

Which is the case in New York?

The man whose job depends on the answer gives the expected response. Knicks coach Mike Woodson, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com:

“I don’t think I have lost the locker room,” Woodson said during his weekly spot on “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on ESPN New York 98.7. “I don’t think I have lost players from an individual standpoint. What I have lost is a Tyson Chandler and a Raymond Felton, that is what I have lost from my starting team.

“And I don’t know if you can go on any roster and take two starters out of their roster and they still survive,” Woodson added. “They might play in spurts like we are doing today. I am not making excuses, but I would sure love to take my chances with Tyson and Raymond in my lineup.”

Woodson is correct that the Knicks’ talent problems, both due to injury and not, trump any issues with him connecting to players. But those two often go hand-in-hands, especially on a team team that, from the top down, has unreasonably high expectations.

Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $85,000 Fantasy Basketball league for Wednesday night’s games. It’s $25 to join and first prize is $9,000. Starts at 7pm ET on Wednesday. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Losing exasperates small problems. Players who might bite their tongue if they disagree with Woodson are more likely to speak out now, and that  would only fuel wider distrust.

If Woodson has the locker room, he’s holding on by a thread, because that’s true of everyone coaching a team that is falling so far short of its goals.

Latest Posts
  1. PBT Second-Round Playoff Preview: Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks

    May 3, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks Getty Images

    Wizards could make things difficult on the top-seeded Hawks.

  2. Adjusting for playoff rotations round two: Watch out for the Wizards

    May 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kent Bazemore, John Wall, Paul Pierce AP

    Cavaliers could be OK against the Bulls (even without Kevin Love), Warriors remain favorites and more lessons from the first round

  3. Rumor: Orlando taking time to start coaching search waiting on Thibodeau situation

    May 3, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau AP

    Thibs may not want to go to Orlando if he becomes a free agent as a coach.

  4. Chris Paul banks in game winner to lift Clippers past Spurs (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2015, 10:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Seven Getty Images

    It was going to take a shot like that to win this, the best first-round series in recent memory.

  5. Chris Paul strains hamstring, heads to locker room, but returns

    May 2, 2015, 9:03 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Seven Getty Images

    He was out for eight minutes the Clippers were only -2.

  6. Jared Dudley can become a free agent, but says 80 or 90 percent chance he’ll return to Bucks

    May 2, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Four Getty Images

    Dudley has player option for $4.25 million for next season, but hopes to back in Milwaukee regardless.

  7. Brandon Jennings: Winner of Clippers-Spurs series ‘will be playing the Cavs in the Finals’

    May 2, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Milwaukee Bucks Getty Images

    The Warriors (and the Bulls, and the Hawks) may have something to say about that.

  8. Blazers’ GM non-committal on attempting to re-sign free agent Wesley Matthews

    May 2, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Portland Trail Blazers Getty Images

    Portland was very good with Matthews healthy this season, but he’s now an unrestricted free agent, and it’s unclear how high the Blazers will go to retain his services.

  9. Joe Johnson on Nets future: ‘I don’t see us coming back as the same team’

    May 2, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

    brook lopez joe johnson kg AP

    Changes are ahead in Brooklyn, and Johnson sees them coming.

  10. Nets coach Lionel Hollins on whether it took too long for his team to figure things out: ‘Did we make the playoffs?’

    May 2, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks - Game Two Getty Images

    Hollins was defiant after the Nets were eliminated from the postseason, and believes the fact that they made the playoffs at all was an achievement worth noticing.

  11. Kyle Korver torches Nets from three-point distance in Game 6 (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Kyle Korver AP

    Korver’s hot start was indicative of how things would go.

  12. Report: Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy won’t be suspended for Game 1 against Cavaliers

    May 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bullls v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Six Getty Images

    Dunleavy hit Michael Carter-Williams in the neck early in Chicago’s Game 6 win over the Bucks.

  13. PBT Extra with NBASavant.com: Derrick Rose got it done on both ends in first round

    May 2, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bullls v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Six Getty Images

    The guy Rose was guarding shot only 39 percent for the Bucks.

  14. Hawks eliminate Nets from playoffs with blowout victory in Game 6

    May 1, 2015, 10:34 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets- Game Six Getty Images

    Atlanta’s elite offense returned, and Brooklyn had no answers.

Featured video

Thunder take risk with Donovan, but calculated one
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Love (5462)
  2. M. Conley (5252)
  3. R. Rondo (4358)
  4. C. Parsons (3710)
  5. K. Durant (3514)
  1. J. Smith (3473)
  2. D. Williams (3400)
  3. K. Bryant (3382)
  4. P. Beverley (3134)
  5. J. Crowder (3117)