Can Mike Woodson Manage Knicks’ Egos?
J.R. Smith’s disappointment about not being a starter could be the first of many times a Knick is unhappy this season. But to reach their goals, Mike Woodson said the players have to check their egos at the scorer’s table.
Age and injuries are two things that could derail the Knicks’ hopes for a deep playoff run. Another is team harmony.
So managing egos and getting everyone to buy in to his role will be a major part of Woodson’s job in his first full season as Knicks coach. “I’m in it for one thing, and that’s to win,” he said. “We’ve got to leave the egos at the door. I think our group of guys will do that. We’ve got a nice group of guys that I like. The only way you’re going to win in this league, you’ve got to manage the ballclub, make sure guys are on the same page with the coach and I’m on the same page with these players. And I think we are.”