Mike Woodson Can’t Believe Knicks Still Lacking Effort


Mike Woodson is coaching for his life right now, and he still is dumfounded by the lack of effort he’s receiving on a nightly basis.

A day after getting hammered and humiliated in a Saturday afternoon game by the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, The New York Post is reporting that Woodson still can’t figure out why his team won’t play hard.

“It’s my job to push these guys, and I’m going to continue to do that. I’m not happy,’’ said Woodson. “I wasn’t happy [Saturday] with the effort. We played in spurts again, and that’s coming off a double-overtime win in Milwaukee. … To come home and play like we did in front of our fans, it’s just [bad]. Somehow we’ve got to flip that, because this is where we should feel the most comfortable.

“When guys are missing block-outs, when we’re giving up layups because we’re not protecting one another from a defensive standpoint, that is all effort plays. The tape [Sunday] was embarrassing to watch, I know it was. But you’ve got to learn from it. Hopefully [Monday] when we come out, it’ll carry over to hopefully a win, because we can’t keep making excuses. We’ve got to start winning games.’’

The Knicks are 8-18.