Time may be running out on Mike Woodson’s stint with the New York Knicks, but it’s not too late for owner James Dolan to give his coach and equally oblivious forward Andrea Bargnani the perfect Christmas gift.
For only $275, Dolan can buy each of them a time management course at New Horizons Computer Learning on Madison Avenue. Useful concepts that will be taught include “understanding the benefits of time,” “assessing yourself” and “making a to-do list.”
Atop that list for both Woodson and Bargnani should be written, in all capital letters, GETTING A CLUE.
Woodson committed the first untimely blunder of the week Monday, when he failed to call a timeout with 6.9 seconds left and his team trailing Washington by a point after the Wizards made a basket.
Calling a timeout wouldn’t have cost Woodson anything because he had three left, and it would have advanced the ball to midcourt.
Instead, Woodson let Beno Udrih inbound the ball to Carmelo Anthony, who eventually missed a hurried three-pointer in a 102-101 loss.
Two days later, Bargnani topped his coach’s blunder against the Milwaukee Bucks.
With his team ahead by two points in overtime and 15 seconds left, Bargnani found the ball in his hands after the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler had taken a rebound and passed to his teammate. The shot clock was off, the game was over unless the Bucks fouled and … what do you mean Bargnani immediately took a three-pointer?
The ball bounced off the rim, the Knicks’ bench went apoplectic and the Bucks eventually tied the score to send the game into a second overtime.
The Knicks finally won, 107-101, sparing Bargnani from this possible headline on the back of every New York tabloid: Italian Rapscallion.
Showing some bounce
During a season in which he has become possibly the most underachieving starter in the NBA, Kendrick Perkins finally tried to make himself useful to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Like everything else he does these days, Perkins’ effort was a bit off the mark.
The Thunder’s biggest brute brought his enforcer act into the locker room, shooing away Chicago’s Joakim Noah even though Noah arrived as a welcome guest of Perkins’ teammate Thabo Sefolosha.
Here’s the widely reported exchange that unfolded:
Perkins: “They just let anybody in the locker room?”
Noah: “C’mon, man.”
Perkins: “I’m just asking, though.”
Noah: “C’mon, man.”
Perkins: “Just let anybody in the locker room now?”
Noah: “You want me to wait outside?”
Perkins: “I’m just saying, though.”
Noah: “If you want me to wait outside, I’ll wait outside.”
Perkins: “Get your … up outta here.”
Noah then left, though the pair exchanged words again as Noah left for the team bus. Noah’s final retort to a player who went scoreless with four rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes should have been: “Nice game tonight.”