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Let's see: When Lin played over 20 minutes a game, the Knicks' record was 16-10 (incl. 6-game losing streak where Melo admitted that he didn't play with "energy"). When Melo played major minutes, the Knicks' record was 29-33 (incl. playoffs). The goal is winning the game, not which player gets the ball or the best statline. There is a reason why Melo has the worst playoff records of any player who has played over 50 games. Chew on that before writing that Lin should adapt to the Meloball.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Who needs to adapt: Carmelo Anthony or Jeremy Lin?
I signed on just to tell you I agree with you completely. Woodson's limitation as a tactician concerns me greatly. I also think people gave him too much credit for those winnings during the regular season. It's clear to me from reading all the post-grame, Jeremy Lin was running D'Antoni's offensive system and got the 6-1 run before he was sidelined by injuries. Woodson went to iso-heavy offense since Lin went out. Woodson even said it himself after some games that the offense was stagnate and there's no ball movement. He sounded like that's the players' fault. Isn't it the coach's job to design plays so the offense wasn't stagnate? So he doesn't hold himself accountable for stagnate offense?
As a Jeremy Lin fan, I'm especially concerned with his seeming distrust of Lin. He has endless faith in JR even when JR shot 3-15. His public comments regarding Lin was either unsupportive ("Rookies should sit and learn") to uncommittal (regarding whether Lin would start) to veiled criticism ("I know players who played with meniscus tears."). He reduced Lin's minutes and seemingly curtailed Lin's shooting. Lin made exactly 10 attempts in several games before he went down with the injury. It's almost like he got a 10-shot quota. Lin made most of those shots (he got 18-19 points out of those shots). But contrary to Woodson's explicit support for JR despite JR's chucking 15-20 shots per game, it's hard not to notice the different treatments.
I also don't know Woodson's track record in developing young talents. Did he develop anyone in Atlanta? Everything I heard about Woodson is his loooooove for stars (Johnson and Anthony). Meloball isn't going anywhere against a strong defensive team. And unfortunately, Woodson is all Melo.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Mike Woodson: Company Man