New York Knicks: 5 Reasons They Must Listen to Carmelo and Keep Mike Woodson

Adam Friedgood@AfriedgoodContributor IIIMay 4, 2012

New York Knicks: 5 Reasons They Must Listen to Carmelo and Keep Mike Woodson

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    The Knicks’ play on the court and overall attitude as a team has clearly improved greatly since Mike Woodson took over as head coach.

    Last week, Carmelo Anthony came out and praised his new coach:

    “I'm a big supporter of what coach Woodson has done. His approach to the game, and what he gets out of all his players, even me. He holds everybody accountable and that's what we need.”

    Even though Woodson went 18-6 in his 24 games as head coach this season, his job is certainly not secure.

    Speculation has already started as to who the Knicks will target next.

    CBS Sports even reported that the Knicks are ready to make a HUGE offer to legendary coach, Phil Jackson.     

    Here are five reasons why the Knicks should listen to Carmelo Anthony and keep Mike Woodson next year instead. 

The Players Instantly Responded to Him

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    When Woodson first took over, the Knicks instantly went on a hot streak, winning five straight games and eight of their next nine. 

    The biggest difference you could see right away was the team's effort on defense. 

    In the eight games previous to Woodson taking over, the team let up under 100 points only one time. In the eight games following, the team let up 100 points only once.

    The Knicks haven't had a coach who could get the team to play defense in a long time. 

He Has Plenty of Playoff Experience

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    The Knicks need a coach who has been to the playoffs before and knows how to get it done.

    Mike Woodson may not have won an NBA title on his own, but he has been part of numerous coaching staffs that have made deep playoff runs.

    Going all the way back to 2001, Mike Woodson was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers who made it to the NBA Championship, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. A few seasons later, Woodson was an assistant for the Detroit Pistons, who defeated the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

    In his entire career, Woodson has coached a team in the playoffs eight times, twice in the NBA Finals.

    This experience definitely gives Woodson great qualifications to be head coach of this team.  

He Gives Players Guidance All Game Long

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    I don't know about you, but it used to drive me crazy watching Mike D'Antoni sit back in his seat and not say a word to anyone until the game was already out of hand. 

    Woodson is the exact opposite. He is on his feet barking orders the entire game.

    The thing I like the most is every time a player comes off the court, Woodson is in their ear discussing something with them.

    The team has really responded to his mid-game advice and you can see adjustments made when the player re-enters the game.   

He Demands Effort on Defense

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    As I stated before, the Knicks' defense instantly improved once Woodson took over as head coach and then continued throughout the rest of the season.

    It's really crazy to think that last season the team was close to dead last in almost every defensive statistical category and then this season they have the Defensive Player of the Year on the roster.

    When Woodson took over as head coach, the team's defensive efficiency was in the bottom third of the league. By the end of the year, it was all the way up to fifth. 

    Defense wins championships and Woodson has proven he can get this team to play defense. 

The Team’s Superstars Want Him

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    How important is it to have the team's head coach and superstar on the same page?

    A great team doesn't have a chance at winning a championship if the coach and best players are clashing. 

    It's not just Melo, Amar'e Stoudemire also loves what Woodson has done since taking over. 

    When asked if he wanted coach Woodson to return, Stoudemire had this to say:

    "Coach Woodson has done a great job for us. He’s done a phenomenal, phenomenal job. I love his attitude. I love his coaching style. It would be nice.”

    Anytime the team's coach and leaders are on the same page, the team has their best chance of succeeding.