New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony believes that coach Mike Woodson’s job is safe despite his coaching blunder that led to a one-point loss to the Washington Wizards Monday.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s secure right now. I haven’t heard anything,” Anthony said after initially declining to answer a question about Woodson’s status. “There’s nothing to discuss. He’s our coach, and we’re rolling with him.”
New York had a one-point lead against the Wizards with 24 seconds to play and a foul to give. Instead of using the foul, the Knicks allowed Bradley Beal to drive for an uncontested layup with 6.9 seconds to play.
Then, Woodson and his players did not call timeout to set up a final play. Instead, Anthony dribbled the ball across half court and took a 25-foot off-balance shot that fell short as time expired. The Knicks had three timeouts to use.
Many fans are calling for Woodson’s dismissal with the Knicks (7-17) failing to meet expectations. Monday’s incident is expected to strengthen calls for his firing.
“I probably should have taken a timeout there at the end, but you know, Beno [Udrih] grabbed it [to inbound] and the ball is in Melo’s hands before I could even react, and I should have reacted a lot sooner once the ball went through the bucket. So, that’s on me,” Woodson said. ” I didn’t call the timeout so I’ve got to take the heat for that.”
According to Woodson, he instructed his players to give a foul on the Wizards’ final possession. However, Udrih allowed Beal to drive the baseline for the go-ahead layup that sent the Knicks to their ninth home loss in 13 games.
Owner James Dolan gave Woodson a public vote of confidence Nov. 20. However, the Knicks have gone 4-9 since Dolan’s comments, including a 41-point loss to the Celtics on Dec. 8 and a 15-point loss to the Cavaliers two days later.