After the Knicks loss to Toronto, coach Mike Woodson was pleased that his young players competed, According to Woodson this was the last game for those trying to make the roster to show what they could do. Despite being impressed with the youngsters, he expressed concern about their defensive lapses without giving outright clues to how is final roster or rotation was going to look.
"I thought our young guys competed. You know when we got down in that second overtime, we fought back again. Hey, we came up on the short end," said Woodson. '"I'm not blaming them. they're in school tying to learn what we are about from a defensive standpoint. Just simple things of switching correctly. We had so many mistakes in that area tonight where we got same side guys that can't figure out the proper way of switching. Those are things that will come."
Woodson had some more specific thoughts on certain players.
On C.J. Leslie:
"I thought (C.J.) stepped up. he had some moments."
On Tim Hardaway, Jr.:
"Tim struggled making shots.but he made some big ones when it counted too."
On Beno Udrih:
"I thought Beno did a great job in running our team."
On Toure' Murry:
"He (Murry) played well. You know we're asking him (to do) a lot. You know he's made the transition from two to one and that's just not easy. He's a 23 year old young man that's trying to figure out how to be the point guard and play defense. We're asking a lot of him. And he;s just starting to get some time these last three games. He played well tonight. I thought he came up big in both overtimes he made some shots but, it was the defensive lapses that occurred throughout the overtime, both overtimes that I thought hurt us and mainly Toure and Tim were involved in those. So we got to go back and clean up some things and watch some tape and teach from the tape and learn from it."
The Woodson post-game interview can be seen by clicking the following link. to KnicksNow: Woodson impressed with young guys,
Nice to see some activity here.Beno is signed.Hardaway is signed.He needs time to learn, not sure he'll get it.He better be mentally strong cause Woodson doesn't want to use him right away, but Dolanite will push from above if we start losing, and that seems inevitable with our injuries.JR has no business on the floor for a few months.Dummy is risking his career with a quick comeback.Knicks will probably keep Powell or another big for insurance.Everyone else goes.At least they got paid and got some exposure.Murry will make another team and we'll be sorry down the road.lgk.Nice to see the site alive again.
@Tman I like Murry, but you may be right. He needs playing time to learn the position and his learning curve is probably a bit too steep and does nto match Melo's free agency opt out time line. In other words, the sense of immediacy at the Garden does not give us a lot of time for projects. Still I think Murry fits Woodson pretty well. Felton, Prigiani, Beno and Murry? More like Felton, Anthony, Prigiani and Beno.
@Tman JR is trying to earn his keep and a starting role. His maturity level leaves a lot to be desired, but that's result of home/community training. Papa Woodson has done a pretty good job of helping the man-child in the promised land grow up. Here's hoping he survives his own decisions because his energy and tenacity is the difference between the first round exit and a second round exit for this team.
@Tman Good morning Tman. It is good for the site to be alive again and hopefully we can keep it that way. "New" Management is here with a different attitude, new writers, higher level of professionalism, Simple as that.