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Mike Woodson deserves a ton of respect for his work at the helm for the Knicks, turning obstacles into creative opportunities.
Faced with a dinged up team early on, Woodson was still able to be optimistic, focusing on the opportunity to build a versatile roster, according to ESPN.com.
"I like that," the coach said. "That's kind of the team that we put together in Atlanta, where we had same-size guys that were versatile, that could play a number of positions. These guys are veteran guys and we've got a good group where we can mix and toss a little bit in terms of how we play, which is kind of nice."
That's how the Knicks can fight through their injuries. So long as none of the Big Three go down with a significant injury, Woodson's foresight should allow the Knicks to weather the losses.
More importantly, this is a welcome departure from the usual coach speak surrounding injuries. It usually amounts to a coach saying the team will have to buckle down until the hurt player returns.
Woodson actually has ideas on how to meld his roster to fit a given situation and solve a given problem. The Knicks floundered when Mike D'Antoni was not flexible enough; it appears that problem is behind them now.
New York has shown a novel commitment to professionalism and team play thus far, with Woodson spearheading it all. If that mentality persists into the season, this team won't get derailed the way last year's squad did.