The Knicks started this season as the league’s hottest team winning 9 of their first 10 games, but the hot Knicks have cooled off losing 3 of their last 4 contests.
Coach Mike Woodson has to try to balance practice time with a demanding schedule and aging players that require more rest. Practice time has suffered and he believes this has contributed to the Knicks recent skid.
“I’ve always felt that practice keeps you sharp in terms of rotations from a defensive standpoint and on offense from an execution standpoint,” Woodson said Wednesday before the Knicks’ latest shootaround. “We just haven’t had a chance to practice. It’s been a tough schedule so far.”
I know Allen Iverson may not think practice is that important, but it does allow teams to prepare for an opponent and implement a game plan to help them win. The Knicks aren’t getting any younger, and the NBA schedule isn’t getting any easier. Coach Woodson is going to have to find an effective way to balance them both.