1-on-1 with Mike Woodson

Jonah Ballow


With the Olympics in the rear view mirror and training camp on the horizon, fans and players are chomping at the bit to get back to NBA basketball.  Don’t forget coaches too…

On Wednesday afternoon, head coach Mike Woodson took part in a special Dream Week for children at the Knicks Madison Square Garden Training Center.  While speaking to the kids in attendance, Woodson spent some time with KnicksNow.com to discuss a variety of topics.

The first part of the conversation involved his reaction to two members of the current Knicks team capturing a gold medal in London.

”To be able to put on a USA uniform and go to another country and compete for the gold and win it, it’s big time,” Woodson exclaimed.  “It’s a special time for those young men and their family because there is a lot of hard work put into that.  You know, I just want to congratulate coach Krzyzewski and his staff for wonderful job they’ve done.  Like I told my guys, Melo [Anthony] and Tyson [Chandler], it’s a job well done and they deserve it and I’m very proud of them.”

When asked about the magnificent performance by Anthony against Nigeria that featured a Men’s USA Basketball record 37 points in 14 minutes, Woodson instantly shared his admiration for the achievement.

”Awesome,” laughed Woodson.  “I don’t know if that’s ever been done.  That pays tribute to Melo and the hard work he’s put in this summer and I’m sure it’s going to be a nice carry over into next season.”

The final question during a quick interview with the head man in New York surrounded the set of workouts for Amar’e Stoudemire with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon.  Stoudemire spent the last week in Houston, practicing a variety of post moves that made Olajuwon an unguardable force on the blocks in the 90s. 

”It’s going to enhance his game tremendously,” Woodson explained.  “The Dream is one of the best low post guys that’s ever played the game and I’m just happy that Amar’e agreed to do it.  He’s going to spend three weeks with Dream training in Houston.  I spent a few days down there watching the workouts and I can’t help but think he’s going to be much better when he comes back next season.”

The head coach wrapped up the session stating, “I am antsy.  I’m anxious to get back to work and see how we can build this team into a championship team because that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day.”

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