I know, that sounds like a title to a movie. Now don't get me wrong, I like Mike Woodson, alot. The whole Linsanity/D'Antoni firing/Woodson taking over was amazingly exciting. For the first time in a while Knicks Basketball was front and center, not for trades or losses but for winning, Imagine that. Woodson took over on March 16 and proceeded to go 18-6 in the regular season.
He only had Jeremy Lin for 6 of those games and the Knicks were 5-1 with two wins against the Indiana Pacers and one against the Philadelphia 76ers. Then Lin tears his Meniscus, the Knicks make it work with Baron Davis and finish 13-5. But in the Playoffs, against a top notch Miami Heat team, the Knicks struggled to run an offense and reverted to the "Melo Iso" offense: which consists of the team staring at Carmelo why he jabs,spins and crosses his way to a shot.
Now it's hard as a Knicks fan to not get mad at Woodson for the loss because of that Iso offense he runs and has been running since his Atlanta Hawks days with Joe Johnson. But here, with Amare, that isn't going to work. Or will it? I mean lets looks at that playoff series. No Jeremy Lin (He struggled is 1st game against Miami but he could have helped tremendously) No Iman Shumpert (Easily our best perimeter defender/slasher, gone game 1).
So, I'm trying my hardest to look at the hiring of Mike Woodson to an extension objectively. If the Knicks had a full team in the playoffs would it have worked? Possibly, but as fans we all see our offense. You don't have to be and Professional NBA Analyst to see that there has to be movement on Melo's Iso. Having one guy stand and create for himself may work once or twice, but you don't win 7 games series with that as your base. Have Amare dive to the hoop. If we had plays happening to get guys open on the opposite side of the Melo Iso, I think this could be a really good thing happening in NY. The best thing to happen to us in a while.
Is Mike Woodson really the answer as the NYK head Coach of the Future?
Yes (25 votes)
No (34 votes)
59 total votes