Nov 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Mike Woodson reportedly being pressured to change lineups

One thing is crystal clear about the New York Knicks dismal 3-6 start to the season, and that’s the fact that whatever Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is attempting to do simply isn’t working.

Woodson’s constant changing of his rotations has been a problem and now he apparently is being pressured by the front office to make more changes.

Nov 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson during the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

According to The New York Daily News, while Woodson isn’t on the hot seat at the moment, the front office is making demands on him to change his lineups approach.

The fall guy eventually will be Mike Woodson even though the head coach has the support of most of the locker room and apparently Dolan as well. Despite the Knicks’ 3-6 start and five straight home losses, Woodson is not in imminent danger, according to a source, of being the next Knicks head coach to “resign” — which is Garden-speak for canned. If Lenny Wilkens and Mike D’Antoni both resigned, so will Woodson. Count on it.

Until then, the coach is safe, but the word from above is to tinker with the starting lineup, which likely will include shifting soon-to-be-traded Iman Shumpert to the bench and likely promoting veteran tough guy Kenyon Martin. The move allows Anthony to play small forward while placing a rebounding and defensive-minded forward next to Andrea Bargnani, a non-rebounding, defensively challenged forward/center.

I often find it laughable when a front office interferes with coaching decisions and I find this just as comical.

It’s laughable that the Knicks want to shun Shumpert to bench while he has the second best on vs. off-court differential on the team and is the one player playing pretty well at both ends of the floor.

It’s also laughable that Shumpert may go to the bench while the dreadful J.R. Smith and his lackadaisical defensive effort earns a promotion to the starting lineup instead of allowing Shump to play his natural position for a change.

When it comes to Martin, he and Bargnani have played only 10 minutes together this season, so it is unclear how that will work out. But it makes a little more sense than the other proposed moves.

Carmelo Anthony can still play small ball and get favorable matchups on the offensive end of the floor while having a better cover at the defensive end.

But is Martin really an answer?

Maybe for the short-term, but I have a hard time envisioning major improvements long-term with K-Mart playing major minutes. But with the lack of capable big men on the Knicks roster, anything is worth a shot.

But the bottom line is that the front office, which assembled this problem to begin with, should not have any impact when it comes to coaching decisions. Whether you want Woodson out or not, the front office shouldn’t be involved in who he plays.

Good organizations simply don’t operate in that fashion.

It’s just another example of the Knicks front office doing whatever they can to make themselves look foolish.

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