Suddenly that all-black attire idea doesn't seem so bright.
The New York Post reports Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was irate over his own players deciding to wear black before Game 5 of their series against the Boston Celtics in an effort to signal the end of Boston's season.
Instead of finishing off the Celtics in five, the Knicks now must face them in Game 6 back in Boston. Something tells me the C's received added motivation after this "funeral" wardrobe stunt.
Here is what Woodson had to say:
I’m a little upset about that. I’ve addressed that. We’re a new team. A lot of these guys have been in league but this team hasn’t been assembled that long for the playoffs. Things like that got to be kept outside the game. Just concentrate on playing basketball.
I didn’t know about it until this morning. I’m not going to get into all that. I made reference to the guys, we need to stay out of the papers and just concentrate on playing. That’s not important what you wear. It doesn’t have anything to do with how you play on the basketball court. I addressed it with our players. The game is played on the floor and that’s where it should be played.
Per the New York Post article, Kenyon Martin thought up a perfect way for his teammates to show some solidarity while also brandishing their firm lead in the series: They showed up dressed in black.
Instead of coming off as menacing, they ended up looking foolish as they headed out of the arena covered in black, heads dragging after a 92-86 loss at Madison Square Garden.
At least those who had to address the media after the game, like Raymond Felton, were dressed for a somber occasion.
Of course, this is just a silly peripheral story that shouldn't feature too much in what should be a hard-fought Game 6.
Still, Knicks players may want to leave sartorial statements for after they close out the series. Actually, how about they leave the smack talk until after they win a title?
Don't put the black away just yet, though. While the Knicks still hold a lead, they may just need the clothes if this series goes to seven.
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