With the New York Knicks playing an afternoon affair today against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden, it seems that head coach Mike Woodson was getting a little tired of his team’s slow starts during afternoon games.
So, Mike decided to do something about it by installing a curfew for the team at their hotel last night.
We get more of the nitty-gritty details from the New York Daily News:
Taking no chances after the last two noon games the Knicks played at home resulted in their two most lopsided losses of the season, endangered coach Mike Woodson planned to have the entire team holed up together at an area hotel Friday night before Saturday’s 12 p.m. against Memphis at the Garden.
“Yeah, we’ve had those troubles and you know, we’re going to all get together tonight and huddle together,” Woodson said after practice Friday in Greenburgh. “I’m not going to let them hang out.”
Asked if he felt the need to “babysit” his players – after the Knicks were blown out on their home floor by 31 points by San Antonio on Nov. 10 and by 41 points by Boston on Dec. 8 — Woodson replied, “Well, we’re going to be together. Put it that way.”
Carmelo Anthony said he was “hearing” that curfew would be 10 p.m. The All-Star forward indicated the Knicks also stayed together at a hotel before the Celtics debacle earlier this month, but it certainly appears they will be more closely monitored before facing the Grizzlies.
We will see later today if that curfew helped the Knicks on any level.
Woodson image courtesy of YouTube