Knicks & Nets Plan To Win Now Backfiring

The NBA season is young.  Teams need time to find their stride.  Whatever it may be the Eastern Conference in the NBA (outside of Miami) is looking slow and old.  The Western Conference however is thriving. It feels like a turkey overstuffed.  Not with stuffing but with talent.  Like that the Portland Trail Blazers can start the season on a 9-2 run and still be considered unlikely to make the playoffs. For an idea of where these two teams stack up with the best, you can view updated NBA Championship odds here.


Most of the grumblings coming out of the Eastern Conference are coming from under the big lights of New York.  Which is never a good sign, especially for NBA teams.

Both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets entered the 2013-14 season with rosters loaded with past sell by date veterans but stripped bare of future assets and Both teams have been given clear marching orders.  Win now! No exceptions.  So far this mandate has filed to bring in wins as at the time of writing the two New York teams have combined for exactly six wins, only one more win than a Philadelphia 76ers team that was is playing on a lighter payroll and less scrutiny.


Should there be reason to worry?  Knicks head coach should perhaps be a little more panicked than he sounds.


In an interview Thursday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show," Woodson said that he's confident the Knicks (3-8) will turn things around under his guidance.


"I'm going to continue to coach this team, and eventually I'm going to get us over this hump and get us on the winning track," Woodson said.


When asked if he is concerned about his job with the Knicks, Woodson said, "Absolutely not. I'll never feel that way because, again, I'm paid to coach. I'm the Knicks' head coach."


New York is in last place in the Atlantic Division, tied with the Brooklyn Nets and with chants of Fire Woodson from fans late in home losses to San Antonio and Atlanta this month, Woodson should be more worried than he is letting on.


Woodson, who is under contract through the 2014-15 season, also said that he was encouraged by the Knicks' play in their overtime loss to Indiana on Wednesday.


"I thought it was a positive night for our ballclub," he said.