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Knicks staying in a hotel the night before home game with a 12 noon start

Dec 21, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Anthony grimaces as he leaves the court after injuring himself when falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Reuters

The Knicks have gotten killed in their home games this season that have begun with an early 12 noon tip-off, and head coach Mike Woodson is willing to try anything to avoid yet another embarrassing performance and disastrous result.

New York hosts the Memphis Grizzlies at 12 noon at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, but thanks to those recent disappointing efforts in early home games, the team is taking a very different and unusual approach.

From Nate Taylor of the New York Times:

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson, desperate for his team start a winning streak, decided to have has players stay in a hotel Friday night, before Saturday’s noon game at Maidson Square Garden against the Memphis Grizzlies. Woodson said he hoped it would help the team be rested and prepared for tipoff and fare better than its previous weekend afternoon debacles. …

“I’m not going to let them hang out,” Woodson said of his team, adding, “I don’t know why we’ve gotten off to such bad starts and hadn’t played well. But we’re going to do something a little different this time and see if it helps.” …

“Sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t,” Anthony said. “We’ll see about that tomorrow. I don’t think it will have anything to do with whether we stay in a hotel or not, but that’s what Coach wants us to do and we’re going to do it.”

Anthony also said he’s heard the team will have a 10 p.m. curfew in order to make sure they’re rested enough for the early start.

This may seem silly on the surface; after all, the Spurs and the Celtics had no trouble performing at the early hour and recording easy, blowout victories over New York in the process.

But after late-game blunders in each of the team’s last two contests, credit Woodson for being proactive here and trying something different in order to get his team on track.

  1. legend30 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    The Knicks’ went to 2nd overtime against the Bucks, that’s all I wanted to say.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      well you said it.

    • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      and? u forgot it’s the nba ? i heard someone on tv say that. think it was stephen a smith. so what they had a dbl OT? every team comes to play

  2. jolink653 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    At the very least, this could spur some kind of closeness between the players. Last year’s team seemed to get along so well on and off the court, and this year’s team seems to barely tolerate each other. They look like a bunch of individuals playing, not a team

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      closeness, huh?.
      you do know they are not sleeping in the same bed, right?

      • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        that’s only during desperate measures

      • denverhoopdreams - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Fanofevilempire; if you cannot construe what he meant in your simple-minded brain, you might as well exit at the door to the right.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Well, this just makes it easier to swap wives and girlfriends.

    • shanelsweet - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Maybe it’ll help spur closeness, but I doubt it. Saying “I’m not going to let them hangout” doesn’t sound like he’s expecting it either. It’s really just about enforcing a curfew.

  3. 950003cups - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Woodson needs to call a TO walk on the court, grab JR by the nose and punch him in the eye on live TV. That wiseass either refuses to shoot or shoots 17 3pt attempts missing almost all of them. Them tweets about it jokingly and said he’ll do it again.

    He needs a big boot heal in his face! He needs a good stomping by a pack of red necks! That’ll teach him to F with our money!

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Everyone to Bargnani’s room at 11 for ghost stories and forts!

    Or, you can head on over to JR Smith’s room for war stories, and whores.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      That.. kinda…rhymes.. right? I mean, I know its accurate, but I just thought the fact that it also rhymed was a fun coincidence.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        actually, it was stupid.
        rhymes are cute in pre-school.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        That went well for you didn’t it? What did we learn?

    • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      jr may have some weed

  5. thomaskouns - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Read between the lines here- that means some players have been out partying before games.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      are you saying JR Smith shows up @ game time after getting kicked out the club?


      • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:16 AM

        i thought JR went to bed at 9pm

      • sportsfan18 - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        no, his play on the court says that

  6. moseskkim - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Fanofevilempire.. Shut up.

  7. 00maltliquor - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Could you imagine the Spurs doing this? Knicks are in a sad state. I feel like waiting for New York basketball to get back to prominence is like waiting on Jesus’ 2nd coming.

  8. kavika6 - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    Coach needs to babysit his immature players.

  9. indrathegod - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Nothing that comes out of the NYK organization is surprising. Carmelo was right, they’re nothing more than the laughing stock of the league. Next.

  10. shanelsweet - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Carmelo said, “I don’t think it will have anything to do with whether we stay in a hotel or not”. So, in order for Carmelo to be proven right, the Knicks will have to stink up the joint starting at noon? When your best player doesn’t buy into it, what the heck is the point of doing it. Is Woodson trying to keep his job or not?

  11. psubeerman21 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Are they all in the same bed? Like in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

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