Knicks coaching rumor: Allan Houston a candidate to replace Mike Woodson

Bruce Bennett

If Woodson is canned, James Dolan could turn to one of his trusted advisers.

Time may be running out for New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, and former Knick and current James Dolan adviser Allan Houston may be called upon to coach the team if Woodson is fired, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

The Knicks are currently in free-fall, losers of nine straight and seven straight at Madison Square Garden. While Woodson shouldn't bear all of the blame for New York's 3-13 start, he has been criticized for his lineup decisions and use of certain players. If things continue to go south, he may wind up being the fall guy for the awful start.

That could come as quickly as the end of the week. There are rumblings that Dolan could pull the plug on Woodson if the Knicks lose to the equally disastrous Nets on Thursday. If that occurs, Dolan could turn to Houston, who supposedly is the "GM in training." Jeff Van Gundy and George Karl have also been brought up as possible Woodson replacements, but Karl seems to have no interest in the job as long as Dolan is around.

The rumors swirling around Woodson could have a further negative effect on the Knicks, but Carmelo Anthony says the team can't focus on that, according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv:

"I mean, yeah, we're worried about that," Carmelo Anthony said. "But then again, we've got to worry about playing basketball, man."

Kenyon Martin believes the players should be blamed, not Woodson:

"The man do an excellent job with us," Martin said. "It's not on him because we're not getting wins right now."

He added: "It's about us going out and playing the way we capable of playing. It's about us caring and giving a f-, man, that's what it boils down to."

It's noble of Martin to stick up for Woodson, but if the losses keep coming, those words will almost certainly fall on deaf ears.

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