Beno Udrih had a few things to say after his team's sleeved 123-94 loss at home to Oklahoma City, and he did not feel the need to hold back in regard to anything. Mike Woodson has been under fire for quite some time now, and Udrih shed an even brighter light on the situation that exists in the Knicks' locker room at the moment.
It appears things have been tightening up between the coach and some of his players.
Beno doesn't sound thrilled with absorbing blame from Woodson: "Don't just be a coach, be a person."— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) December 25, 2013
And Udrih dove deeper into the subject matter without calling out his coach specifically, though his comments certainly point in that general direction.
This from Ian Begley's report at ESPN New York:
"I kind of feel like when I do the right thing, it's not the right thing in some people's eyes. It's just tough. It's easy to point fingers when the team loses. But it comes down to, we are a team, we lose together. No matter who makes a mistake or who doesn't, it's still a team loss," Udrih said. "So I think all of this stuff should be kept out of the media and not call certain people out or something. We've just got to go out there and fix it and watch video and fix it as a team."
Begley wrote that this commentary didn't just stem from the Knicks' loss on Christmas, but that the sentiment had already been building.
Again, Udrih didn't want to name names. But it's pretty clear that he's unhappy that Woodson was critical of him in the wake of the Knicks' one-point loss to Washington.
Woodson said that Udrih "opened the flood gates" for Washington's Bradley Beal to get to the basket for an uncontested layup with 6.9 seconds to go. The Knicks had a foul to give ad failed to do so. They became a national punchline for a few days following the loss.
"I got pointed out a couple of times that I think it was unfortunately a team loss at the end," Udrih said.
Udrih briefly made reference to the fact he thought Woodson would be using many more two-point guard lineups this season — as he did last year with Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd — but that the coach has gone away from that. Mainly, however, Udrih was reportedly just being critical of his own play, and he said the team hadn't turned on Woodson, but the communication with its coach has been off.
And that wasn't all bothering Beno in this one. Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal had more from Udrih on how the NBA's special-edition sleeved jerseys were received by players. Well, by him, at least.
"Personally it bothered me and my shot. On a normal shot, I'm used to getting my shoulder and elbow up [unhindered]. That was my personal feeling. I don't know how anyone else was feeling. I know Timmy [Hardaway] was saying he wore it in college before. I never did it before."
"Maybe we should practice wearing them for a few weeks to get used to it. It's what the NBA decided to do, we can't go against that. They told us we were going to wear the short sleeves, but we've never worn them before."
Tough night for Udrih, on more than one account. It's going to be interesting to watch as this soap opera unfolds, especially if the Knicks are unable to turn things around once players return from injury.