The New York Knicks can only be described as a mess at the moment, and it seems there's something new everyday that just adds to the dysfunction. The latest is the revelation that new Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills and his management team have been blaming head coach Mike Woodson for the poor play of Iman Shumpert during trade talks, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York:
"They're saying that Shumpert's a better player [than he's shown] but Woodson isn't using him right," one league source said.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Knicks are propping up a player in trade negotiations by criticizing the man coaching the team. That's so Knicks.
Shumpert has had a rough go of it this season and has been the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks. Shumpert's frustration came to a head in a loss Sunday to the New Orleans Pelicans, when he and Carmelo Anthony were caught on camera yelling at each other on the sideline.
Shumpert didn't play the rest of the game following the incident, which led many to believe he had been benched. There has been speculation that the guard and Woodson don't get along, wihch just added fuel to the fire.
Over the course of the Knicks' nine-game losing streak, Shumpert is averaging just 6.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Grantland's Zach Lowe notes that Shumpert rarely touches the ball on the offensive end, which could speak to some misuse by Woodson.
But even if that's the case, it's bewildering to think that Knicks management would throw their coach under the bus like that during trade talks. Then again, it's the Knicks and nothing should come as a surprise at this point.