The miserable start of the 2013-2014 season continues for the New York Knicks, as they have currently lost nine in a row, most recently a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans (yes, the Pelicans are an NBA team.) The Knicks have also lost seven in a row at Madison Square Garden, and next face the Brooklyn Nets in a road game Thursday.
There are many reasons the Knicks are struggling, including the injury of Tyson Chandler and JR Smith missing the first five games of the season due to suspension, but effort is a strong part of their poor start as well. “We’re just not taking pride in guarding…that was the difference tonight,” head coach Mike Woodson said after the loss. I assure you there were many fans in shock that the Knicks gave up 31 points to Ryan Anderson of the Pelicans, and that lack of pride guarding made him look like the second coming of Larry Bird.
A noticeably upset Iman Shumpert blasted hip hop music at his locker and tried to leave the locker room without speaking to the media. After a heated discussion with Carmelo Anthony on the bench, Shumpert remained there for the rest of the game. We will see Thursday if his passion has earned him less playing time.
Though many fans and media members alike say the Knicks should fire Woodson, even some going as far as saying he will be fired if the Knicks lose to Brooklyn Thursday, I don’t believe it will happen, nor should it. The team is clearly underachieving thus far, but Woodson also overachieved with the team last season, and should be given lots of credit for that. He didn’t forget how to coach over the summer. Also, anyone who claims to know what Knicks owner James Dolan is thinking must have gotten a hold of Dionne Warwick and her Psychic Network. A 3-13 record is unacceptable, but bringing in a new coach would probably create more harm than good.