As for as endorsements go, this is about as far down on the list as possible.
Mike Woodson hasn't exactly done a great job leading the New York Knicks on to victory during the 2013-14 season, and his seat has been consistently heating up. But Beno Udrih probably won't comment on that:
Beno Udrih, who wants to be a coach when his career ends, was asked if he learned anything about coaching this season: "No comment."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) February 21, 2014
"You can really feel the respect Beno Udrih has for Mike Woodson"--No one— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) February 21, 2014
It almost would have been better if the first-year Knick had just said that he's learned a lot about what not to do from Woodson. The "no comment" just packs too much rhetorical punch, even if it's probably true.
Udrih's remark came after the double-overtime loss to the Orlando Magic, one in which the New York head coach made yet another set of mistakes during a season brimming over with them:
Math! MT @HerringWSJ: Woodson suggested he wasn't aware of the 2-for-1 opportunities the Knicks had at the end of each overtime.— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) February 22, 2014
On one hand, players should stick up for their coach. On the other hand, it's hard to stick up for Woodson at this point, especially now that the Knicks are 21-34 and well back of the No. 8 seed in the putrid Eastern Conference.
"The Knicks need more ball movement, they need better rotations on defense, and they need a new coach," wrote B/R's Steven Korn earlier this season. "Am I saying Mike Woodson is a bad coach? Not necessarily. Am I saying Mike Woodson is a bad coach for this team? Absolutely."
It's only gotten worse since then.
Woodson: "We didn't have any defensive presence at all. We played maybe 6 mins of defense this whole game, including the 2 overtimes."— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 22, 2014
That shouldn't happen. Especially at this stage of the season, when desperation is surrounding just about everything that goes down in New York.
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Udrih's comment—or lack thereof, depending on how you choose to look at it—should hold even more merit than most players' statements for a few reasons: He's a 31-year-old veteran, it's his first season with the Knicks so he's only using this season for perspective, and he's good at speaking his mind.
Earlier in the season, he had more to say about Woodson, which B/R's Joe Flynn breaks down here. The coach and point guard have clashed throughout the season, as the former hasn't exactly kept his tongue in check when given an opportunity to throw the latter under the bus.
Chances are, this won't be the last time Udrih speaks his mind about the coaching situation in New York. Unless Woodson gets fired, of course, which seems like it could happen at just about any point now.