While whether or not Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks is story #1 in New York, the fate of head coach Mike Woodson is slowly becoming story #1a. The Knicks are 19-30 and Mike Woodson and called the Knicks’ season “kind of a disaster.”
Predictably Knicks owner James Dolan is said to be “troubled” by the Knicks’ record and is reportedly contemplating making a change at the head coach position. But before making a move, Dolan wanted to get the opinion of his star, Carmelo Anthony.
So after Wednesday’s loss to Portland, Dolan spoke with Anthony and another unnamed player to get a feel for if Woodson had lost the team,
James Dolan’s visit to the Knicks’ locker room late Wednesday included a high-level meeting with Carmelo Anthony and at least one other player to discuss the state of the club and whether a coaching change is necessary, the Daily News has learned.
According to a team source, Dolan is obviously troubled by the Knicks’ 19-30 record and is contemplating removing head coach Mike Woodson. The Knick hierarchy is divided on whether Woodson has lost the locker room and the chairman of Madison Square Garden was wise to take the temperature of the franchise player.
This is where things get tricky for Anthony. Now that we know that Dolan has consulted Anthony, Woodson’s firing could be laid at Anthony’s feet by some. And it’s especially easy since we all know that Anthony was the driving force behind the firing of Mike D’Antoni. So Anthony tried to get out in front of that narrative when meeting with reporters on Wednesday.
Anthony seemed to suggest as much following Wednesday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers when he told reporters in response to the possibility of a coaching change or possible trades: “If something was to happen then it’s out of my hands.”
Luckily for Anthony, the Knicks are a complete train wreck so no one should blame him for Woodson’s firing.