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Carmelo Anthony says he sees Mike Woodson’s job as safe

Dec 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

The Knicks’ latest setback, a home loss to the Wizards, does what every New York loss does: It intensifies the public scrutiny on Mike Woodson.

But within the walls of Madison Square Garden, that’s not necessarily the case.

First of all, who knows what James Dolan is thinking? There’s little sense using logic to guess how he’ll run his team.

And another key Knicks decision-maker isn’t ready to publically chastise Woodson or reveal any behind-the-scenes discussions about the coach’s future. Carmelo Anthony, via Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com:

“As far as I’m concerned, he’s secure right now. I haven’t heard anything,” Anthony said Monday night after initially declining to answer a question about Woodson’s status. “There’s nothing to discuss. He’s our coach, and we’re rolling with him.”

What else is Melo supposed to say? Whenever someone has only one reasonable way to answer a question, I don’t usually put much stock in the response. This is no exception. Even if he has heard from management that Woodson might be fired, Melo isn’t going to admit it now.

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Melo will always publically support the Knicks’ coach, because once Melo stops, that person will no longer be the Knicks’ coach. It’s a superstars’ league, and Melo yields a particularly large amount of power – especially entering free agency this summer.

This wasn’t a public endorsement, but Melo is allowing Woodson to continue with his job for now.

  1. shanelsweet - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    It’d be hard for Carmelo to point the finger at anybody else after the way this game ended. The video doesn’t show it, but I’d have to think the only way he wound up dribbling the ball up court instead of a time out being called was because he was down on the baseline demanding the ball be thrown in to him. Heck of a time to forget something so basic as taking the time out to get the ball at half court.

    • whatthehellisansky - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      pretty sure it was melo who was supposed to drop to the baseline and stop beal from laying it in – but we all know defense isnt the strong part of his game.

      he was more focused on getting the ball back in his hands so he could score and be the hero – but he was far from a hero with that final shot – i mean i guess you could call it a shot?

  2. legend30 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Another Knicks article, how exciting… Utah Jazz are just as bad, so why no articles about the Jazz?

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      these comments always get me, it’s a supply and demand business. no one cares about the Jazz.

      • legend30 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        I hear ya, but man it’s like come on, another Knicks article about Mr. Potato head and Carmelo? This team makes Cleveland fans happy about they’re Cleveland sports teams.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      You hear him, but you aren’t GETTING IT.

    • zerole00 - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      One team was designed to fail this season and is doing so, the other was supposed to be a contender and is instead failing. Are you seriously wondering why we’re only getting articles on the latter? Use some common sense.

  3. 950003cups - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Melo should just leave NY already. He’s an overpaid, one dimensional, me first, type of player. Plus he’s missed every buzzer shot with the game in his hands. Not some. Every!!

  4. chicagofan - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    The owner expected them to compete and win a title this yr.–was unlikely but he apparently said it. The Celtics are winning the division without Rondo and playing under .500 and Mike Woodson 7-17 like Jason Kidd 9-15 — both of whom I like–deserve to be fired along with Joe Johnson and Melo but you are stuck with them. No his job is not safe!

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