Feb 9, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson reacts from the sidelines against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Mike Woodson accepts blame for Knicks struggles


By now, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson should be used to having fingers pointed in his direction for the Knicks woeful 22-40 start to the season.

Feb 19, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Woodson accepted the blame for the Knicks struggles recently when he basically said that you can blame him for the Knicks problems.

“I put it all on my shoulders,” Woodson said Thursday in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show.

“I’ve always thought as a coach, and most coaches probably feel the same way, you need talent to win, you need healthy bodies to win. But I’ve kinda gotten past that,” Woodson added. “I think I can take whoever suits up and win with it. That’s just how I feel.”

I admire Woodson for that.

Too often guys want to pass the blame onto others, a problem with a lot of guys currently wearing Knicks jerseys.

Woodson isn’t the only reason for the Knicks struggles and he is likely not the major reason, but it is nice to see someone practice accountability for once and not just use the word as a catch phrase.

However Woodson couldn’t stop there and had to play the injury crutch.

“It’s been hard to put a team on the floor and have any kind of chemistry all season long. It’s just been that way,” Woodson said. “Not being able to practice based on all the bodies being in and out, not having 10 guys on the floor to go up and down in practice, it’s been a lot this season.”

While that is true and injuries have hurt the Knicks, it is hard for you to respect Woodson for that.

Every team in the NBA has dealt with injuries, some much more major than what the Knicks have had to deal with.

Yet they for the most part have found a way to overcome that and don’t ride it as an excuse.

Poor game plans and even poorer execution have more to deal with the Knicks struggles than some minor bumps and bruises.

Woody should keep looking in the mirror instead of finding crutches to lean on.

I like the way he showed some accountability earlier in his interview. He should have his players do the same.

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