New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Despite the team’s struggles this season, there will be no trades or coaching changes coming for the New York Knicks.
According to sources, Knicks chairman James Dolan gave this assurance during a team meeting before the first practice after the team’s embarrassing 29-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.
Dolan’s move was an attempt to silence the growing speculation about coach Mike Woodson’s job security following the Knicks’ 9-21 start prior to another defeat to the Raptors.
Sources said Dolan made the move in an attempt to persuade players to band together and throw their full support behind the embattled coach and help dig New York out of the sizable hole.
When Woodson met with reporters after Thursday’s practice, he expressed confidence that the Knicks can rally from their poor start and win the Atlantic Division.
“We won it last year, and I expect us to win it this year,” he said.
The Atlantic Division is currently topped by the Raptors. The Knicks are just three games back of Toronto before a weekend back-to-back starting Friday night at home.
“The beauty about all of this that we’re going through is nobody’s running away with it in our division,” Woodson said, “and I’m pushing our team to win our division still.”
The Knicks pursued trading for Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry earlier this month but backed out after Toronto’s steep asking price. New York has also talked trade with several teams about defensive specialist Iman Shumpert.