The Knicks are not doing well this season to put it mildly. With a win against the Milwaukee Bucks last night, they are 8-17 and are fourth in the Atlantic Division .A far cry from last season. While many fans are blaming Mike Woodson for this mess and want him fired, the Knicks front office should be looking at one coaching name that is available in the event that they fire Woodson. His name is George Karl.
Karl’s resume speaks for itself. He has a lifetime record of 1131-756 and went to the NBA Finals once with the then Seattle SuperSonics. In his last season with the Nuggets in the 2012-2013 season, he led the Nuggets to the best home record in all of the NBA, and along with it a 57-win season that was the most in franchise history since the team joined the NBA in the 1976-77 season. He won the Coach of the Year award, but a first round playoff exit at the hands of the Warriors combined with some philosophical differences on how to use the players on the roster (and Karl pushing for a contract extension entering the final year of his deal) saw the tenured head coach who had spent the past eight-plus seasons in Denver unceremoniously relieved of his duties. Currently he is a NBA Analyst for ESPN.
Karl will bring leadership and toughness to a Knick team that lacks that. However there is one problem. Carmelo Anthony. Anthony who has played under Karl from 2005- 2011 would not want to play under him. Karl have criticized Anthony in the past, saying that “He’s an individual that produces individual success but doesn’t produce Championships.” If those two are in the same locker room together, then it is going to be ugly.
The Knicks should get Karl because of his leadership, experience and a winning mentality. Mike Woodson sadly does not have the ears of his players. Everytime they take the court, they do not know what to do. Again it is not Woodson’s fault that they are in the position that they are in. Blame the players who are failing him. If James Dolan decides to fire him, he should look for George Karl. The question is can he handle the bright lights of Broadway?
So far this is the Knicks season in a nutshell.