A recent article by Yahoo contributor Steve Silverman "Knicks New Committment under Woodson Merely Temporary" he gleefully predicts
So how long does it last during the Woodson regime? Another week? Ten days? It will end sooner or later because this team has its own agenda. And the Knicks defensive "commitment" does not have the feel of permanence.
I think Silverman is wrong and has missed an important point concerning our current coach. Woodson is in a once in a lifetime situation much similar to what we saw in February with Jeremy Lin.
If things start to deteriorate I have little doubt that he will yank Melo or Stat or whoever he thinks is not carrying out his vision. He has nothing to lose because he is the interim coach so he may as well go for it and do it his way. That means hard nosed defense comes first. We have already seen evidence of this the other night when he gave Landry the hook after he had made a couple of defensive lapses. Fields tried to argue but to no avail.
Woodson's current interim situation immunizes him to pressure from the his stars, the front office and even Dolan. As long as he keeps winning he will not be fired. And if the theory of Defense Wins Championships is correct, and he enforces things equally, regardless of contract size, then he has enough horses on this team to have a lot of success, even if one of his superstar's doesn't buy in, which I don't think will happen. Not this year anyway.
Woodson has done well with far less talented teams. I sense a certain presence and seriousness in the man, and a leadership quality that will carry them through. I am optimistic that coach Woody can pull this off and continue to get the effort from this team that has fueled its current success..