The New York Knicks are just one day away from facing off against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday evening in their opening series of the postseason. The Knicks have enjoyed the week off to gather their strength and prepare mentally for their first appearance in the postseason since 2013.
The progress this team has made in just one season has been tremendous, thanks to Tom Thibodeau and Julius Randle. However, we shouldnâ€™t discount the chemistry between the players, the performance of Derrick Rose, and the development of second-year shooting guard RJ Barrett. One former Knicks coach had nothing but great things to say about Barrett and the current state of the team.
SNY’s Ian Begley interviewed Mike Woodson, the Knicks’ former HC, to discuss the development of the team and especially RJ Barrett:
“The chemistry is fantastic because you haven’t had any issues off the floor or on the floor. They donâ€™t fight amongst each other on the floor; they push each other, theyâ€™re all positive. Itâ€™s just a solid group of guys that’s been assembled in New York this year, solid.”
Woodson left the Knicks to become the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers menâ€™s team. As a 10 year veteran in the NBA and spending the last few years as a coach at the NBA level, he was ready to make the shift and take on a new challenge.
“Heâ€™s made a major, major jump.Â Johnny (Bryant)â€™s worked with him some and heâ€™s made the leap. Everyone was questioning and doubting him coming into the season, saying he canâ€™t shoot. And he proved them wrong. But thereâ€™s always another level. Is he there yet? No, heâ€™s not there. But heâ€™s headed in the right direction, I’ll tell you that.”