Vols announce addition of Memphis transfer Woodson

Vols announce addition of Memphis transfer Woodson, whose status for 2014-15 remains uncertain

      
 

 

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AP source: Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

Person close to situation: former Memphis forward Dominic Woodson transferring to Tennessee

      
 

 

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AP source: Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson (Yahoo Sports)

Dominic Woodson is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee, a source close to the situation said. Woodson should be in class at Tennessee’s Knoxville campus on Thursday, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn’t announced the move. The source said it remained up in the air whether Woodson would have to sit out the 2014-15 season. Memphis announced last week that Woodson was transferring.

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Pastner announces Dominic Woodson leaving Memphis

Memphis coach announces sophomore forward Dominic Woodson transferring after 1 season

      
 

 

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Mike Woodson Gives Phil Jackson a Taste of His Incompetence

Good luck finding a job this summer, Mike Woodson. 

The New York Knicks extended their winning streak to eight games on March 21 with a 93-92 victory over the reeling Philadelphia 76ers, who are now losers of…wait for it…23 games in a row. They also closed the gap between themselves and the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference to only three games. 

But it’s hard to view a one-point victory over the reeling Sixers as a positive, especially if you’re the man calling the shots from the sideline. If there’s such a thing as a bad win, this would be the example you can find right next to its entry in an encyclopedia. 

With Phil Jackson now running the show as the team president, Woodson needs to be coaching his behind off. It would already be a stunner if the goatee-bearing head coach maintained his job through the offseason rather than getting replaced by a Jackson acolyte like Steve Kerr.

Now it would be a downright miracle after he pulled his starters with five minutes to go in a must-win game. Sure, it was only a contest against Philadelphia, but every outing needs to be treated like a do-or-die situation at this point in the season.  

Instead of looking like a man who knows what he’s doing, Woodson looked completely incompetent during the end of the eighth win in a row, emerging victoriously only because he was playing the Sixers and not a team with significantly more NBA talent. 

The Knicks did everything in their power to hand Philly the game, but the Sixers just failed to take advantage of every opportunity. 

There was the play in the waning seconds when Philadelphia was down two points. Thaddeus Young drove through the lane, but instead of hitting a wide-open shooter in the corner for a shot at a game-winning attempt, he passed the ball out of bounds. 

After Carmelo Anthony split a pair of free throws, the Sixers had one more chance to tie the game.

Clang. 

Michael Carter-Williams’ final three-point attempt failed to connect, and the Knicks managed to escape with a victory. Given the way the fourth quarter was proceeding, it was an escape that Houdini himself would’ve been proud of. 

As both the Sixers’ official Twitter feed and Marc Berman of the New York Post make perfectly clear, the Knicks somehow managed to blow a 17-point lead with only five minutes left.

And why? 

Because Woodson pulled his starters and must’ve thought he was playing soccer. I know it’s hard to remember, but in the NBA, you’re allowed to put players back in the game once they’ve been substituted out. You’re also allowed to touch the ball with your hands, so at least he’s having his team do one thing properly. 

With 5:13 left in the fourth quarter, the Sixers called a full timeout, down 91-74 at the time. Then they exploded. 

When just 3:30 was remaining in the game, James Nunnally hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to just 10 points. The game had proceeded in uninterrupted fashion for almost two minutes, and Woodson still wouldn’t stop the clock or make a substitution. 

So the teams proceeded, and the momentum continued trickling flowing flooding over to the Sixers’ side. 

After Henry Sims made an 18-foot jumper, the lead was down to only seven points. Then Young ended the run by fouling Toure’ Murry and sending him to the line for two freebies. 

Murry made the first, and Woodson had a perfect opportunity to insert some of his starters back into the game. But did he do so? Of course not. 

Apparently an eight-point lead with just under a minute left was safe, even though Philadelphia was in the midst of a 10-to-1 run. He must’ve forgotten that he was coaching the Knicks, a team that has been scarily unable to hold on to a lead throughout the miserable 2013-14 campaign. 

After Murry bricked the second free throw, MCW drilled a three-pointer. The lead was down to five. 

Then Murry turned the ball over, and Young made a triple to cut the deficit to only two points. Only then did Woodson decide to take action, calling a full timeout and inserting all five starters back into the game. 

Frankly, he’s lucky it wasn’t too little, too late. 

How can any NBA coach be content to sit back and watch his team completely unravel like that? How can they not want to take action, asserting authority and doing something, anything to get their team off the schneid

It was an embarrassing moment for Woody, even if his team emerged with a victory. And unfortunately for his chances of maintaining his current job past the last game of this season, it’s not the first time he’s been the part of such a narrative. 

In the last week, he’s been cursed at by Anthony in the huddle, and he’s admitted he could use some help from Phil trying to coach the triangle. So basically, this was actually a good week in the grand scheme of this season. 

As Sean Deveney wrote for Sporting News earlier in March: 

Remember, too, when the Knicks were nearing “open revolt” in mid-January, and even the mild-mannered Tyson Chandler was making insubordinate comments about his coach? Or how about last month, just ahead of the All-Star game, when the Knicks were said to be certain to let Woodson go before the break? When that didn’t happen, they would let him go just after the break. Assistant Herb Williams was said be ready to step in for Woodson.

But it is a near miracle that Woodson has lasted as long as he has this season, and an even bigger miracle should he stay on the bench for the remaining six weeks. For that, no question, he can thank Anthony.

It’s unlikely anything changes during the rest of the season. 

Pulling the plug on the Woodson experiment—ineffective as he may have been—would be highly problematic coming down the stretch of the 2013-14 season. After all, this team has won eight games in a row and does still have a chance to sneak into the playoffs. Switching coaches would just throw a wrench in that plan, even though the replacement would almost certainly be an upgrade over the incumbent. 

But this offseason? Let’s just say Jackson retaining Woodson is less likely than ‘Melo opting out of his contract to sign with the cap-strapped Indiana Pacers for a veteran’s minimum deal.

And if the lame duck of a head coach asks why, all the Zen Master needs to do is replay the fourth quarter of this victory over the Sixers. No words would even need to be exchanged. 

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Carmelo to Mike Woodson: ‘Lets play the f—ing game, man’

Don’t look now, but the New York Knicks have somehow strung together a series of wins. They beat the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night to pick up their seventh straight victory. Despite that, Carmelo Anthony reminded us late in the fourth quarter that superstar players have a tendency to get annoyed over nothing. […]

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Carmelo Anthony to Mike Woodson: ‘Let’s play the (expletive) game, man!’ (video)

The suddenly red hot New York Knicks were leading the Indiana Pacers by seven with 19.5 seconds remaining on Wednesday night when head coach Mike Woodson’s assumed attention to detail was just too much for Carmelo Anthony. Apparently, Carmelo, despite the Knicks being out of timeouts, felt that the game was in hand and that […] The post Carmelo Anthony to Mike Woodson: ‘Let’s play the (expletive) game, man!’ (video) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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Mike Woodson upset Joakim Noah is recruiting Carmelo

I see where Mike Woodson is coming from, but he should be more focused on the job at hand, and finishing it out strong. According to the New York Post, Woodson took exception to a report Bulls center Joakim Noah tried to recruit Carmelo Anthony to Chicago during All-Star weekend, calling it illegal and a form of tampering. “I’m not going to get into all of that. You know legally nobody can recruit anyone. You can’t do that at this point,” Woodson said Thursday during his weekly radio spot on ESPN Radio. “Melo is still wearing a Knicks uniform, and I hope he stays with the Knicks for the rest of his career. I’ve always said that. So whatever was said between Noah and the Chicago Bulls, that’s on them.” Woodson of course heard the same report that everone else did in regards to Noah allegedly telling Anthony, “If you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago.” The NBA has not released a statement on the matter.

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Woodson: ‘I still think I am the guy for the job’ (Yahoo Sports)

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson yells to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-90. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

They all keep coming for the New York Knicks in a season fast taking on the look of one that can’t end soon enough. In the face of it all, coach Mike Woodson is steadfast in his belief that he’s the man to lead the Knicks out of the abyss. ”My thought process will never change in terms of me being the coach here,” Woodson said on Wednesday morning before the Knicks faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. I still think I am the guy for the job and I’m going to continue to work in that area.” The Knicks have lost seven straight games to fall to 21-40, a slide that has buried them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with 21 games to play.


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Mike Woodson on preparing team despite adversity: ‘I’ve failed somewhat in that area’

New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says that he has come up woefully short in the task of getting his players adequately prepared to take the court as the team has had to deal with adversity and controversy — not to mention losing — throughout the season. As the New York Knicks prepare to […]The post Mike Woodson on preparing team despite adversity: ‘I’ve failed somewhat in that area’ appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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