New York Knicks general manager Steve Mills has head coach Mike Woodson's back.
"That’s you guys [the media] speculating on my job," Woodson said when asked whether he has received support from upstairs. "I’m fine. Steve has been supportive through this whole thing."
Mills' support of Woodson must mean he's more patient than the rest of New York. Knicks fans are itching for something to be done as the team continues to fall in the standings.
Frustration reached an all-time high on the heels of a home loss to the Washington Wizards.
In the final minutes of a tightly contested game, the Knicks blew a two-for-one opportunity on offense, missed one of two foul shots, allowed Bradley Beal to waltz his way toward the rim for an unimpeded game-winning layup and failed to call timeout with under seven seconds left to draw up a final play, when they had three remaining.
In the NBA, a lot can go wrong in a short period of time, but that was ridiculous. And inexcusable.
Afterward, Woodson took blame for their late-game failures.
"I probably should have called the timeout at the end," Woodson said, per the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "But the ball was in Melo’s hands before I could even react. That is on me."
Carmelo Anthony didn't exactly come to his defense at first, either:
But perhaps none of this matters. Not the losses that continue to pile up, nor the poor decisions that have ultimately cost the Knicks victories.
"I won’t discuss it," 'Melo said of Woodson's job status, via Isola. "I won’t talk about that. As far as I’m concerned he’s secure right now."
Well that's certainly a relief. Woodson is safe. My question: How secure is he?
Secure as New York's spot in the playoffs? Secure as car surfing on the highway? Secure as the Knicks' fourth-quarter decision-making against Washington? Secure as skydiving without a parachute?
Only time will tell if Mills' ringing closed-door endorsements of Woodson mean anything. So much about his job status remains up in the air.
Realistically, that's about as secure as Woodson can hope to be when he's coaching a Knicks organization founded upon uncertainty into the ground.
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