I've watched closely all season at Woodson's tendencies and at times, he gets badly out-coached. Before he got the interim tag removed, he claimed that he would hold everyone accountable and figure out a way to make Amare & Melo work.
He's as stubborn or even more so than D'Antoni was and consistently relies on the inconsistent JR Smith to get it done.
The truth is Woodson is depriving our team of having a second superstar in Amare. The things I see from Amare in 20-22 minutes a game would probably lead to the full production Amare had in 10-11 if he got the shots and minutes he did then. Instead, Marc Berman of the post brought up a good point on WFAN tonight, Woodson believes, lives and dies by JR Smith as the second option.
And this will be our downfall. Amare makes $100 million dollars and I think Woodson had most of his success in the 36-11 run he had from last season into this regular season without him. He thinks that gives him the right to not play him.
And you can tell Amare is getting rightfully frustrated. This dude shoots 58% from the field and he gets 8 shots a night while JR/Carmelo shoot a combined 42% and get 40 shots a game. It's just not fair to not utilize him. He had his share of injuries from Game 1 in the Celtics series in 2011 up until this preseason, but he's healthy now and it looks like he'll never get the chance to prove he has superstar talents still.
It makes you feel bad that Woodson is the coach now, that Amare got injured, because you can see in limited minutes, in the limited touches Amare gets, he's still the same player.
But Woodson's practices, putting James White in the starting lineup over Amare, playing Amare 21 minutes on a 30 minute limit, not playing him down the stretch allowing JR Smith to shoot 14 threes vs. the Heat.
You have Amare on the bench, Kenyon Martin & Marcus Camby get a combined 0 minutes, Copeland inactive and have James White starting.
Woodson is not Doc Rivers. He's not Erik Spoelstra. He's not Gregg Poppovich. He hasn't made adjustments since this team went from 18-5 to 18-16 over the last 34. And unfortunately, we never conducted the right search for a coach at the end of last season.
By all the comments Jeff Van Gundy makes on ESPN telecasts, his ideas and philosophies make me wish he was here again coaching this roster.