When the New York Knicks named Mike Woodson as the team’s head coach, star Carmelo Anthony saw the move as a new start with the franchise. Anthony struggled under Mike D’Antoni, but he was ready to redefine his career with the Knicks under the former Atlanta Hawks head coach.
“It was a new start for me, a new start for the team, a new start for the New York Knicks when coach Woodson came on,” Anthony said [New York Post]. “The most important thing is he held me accountable for everything… It was a lot more responsibility that I had to take on and I was willing to do that.
Anthony has played much better with Woodson than he did with D’Antoni. Anthony thrives in an isolation style of play, something Woodson prefers and was evident when he relied on Joe Johnson in Atlanta. Instead of a run-and-gun offense which was centered around the pick-and-roll, Anthony dominates the ball with Woodson.
Carmelo Anthony gets to facilitate the ball more in this new system and he also has the green light to shoot it. However, it will be interesting to see how Anthony plays once Amar’e Stoudemire returns to the lineup.