After comments were made to the media by several Knicks players crediting lack of ball movement, without mentioning names, to their string of losses, coach Mike Woodson reportedly showed the post-game tape to his players and told them, “If you have a problem with anyone, say it to their face, not the media.”
According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News:
That was clear before Tuesday’s practice on the UCLA campus when Woodson admonished his team for comments that appeared to blame Monday’s loss to Portland on Carmelo Anthony. In separate post-game interviews, both Shumpert and Stoudemire said the lack of ball movement is what hurt the Knicks.
That is usually basketball code for “Melo won’t pass.” Woodson and Anthony seemed to take it that way, and the head coach wasn’t about to allow finger-pointing to invade his locker room.
According to a source, Woodson actually played MSG Network’s tape of Shumpert’s and Stoudemire’s comments and told his team, “If you have a problem with anyone, say it to their face, not the media.” That’s leadership.