It's a good thing for the Knicks franchise Lawrence Frank beat out Mike Woodson for the Pistons' head-coaching job in the summer of 2011.
Otherwise this Knicks season may never have happened.
Frank was the first choice to become Mike D'Antoni's defensive assistant but jumped to Detroit. Woodson interviewed with the Pistons, the team he helped guide to the 2004 title. After getting passed over following two interviews and the belief he had the job, Woodson joined D'Antoni's staff as an assistant. The rest is history as Woodson's Knicks continue to make history.
The Knicks continued to dominate Frank's Pistons last night, posting their season's third straight blowout win over Detroit, storming to a 21-point halftime lead and cruising, 99-85, to complete a 5-0 homestand.
It was their first 5-0 homestand since 1996. It's the first time since the 1996-97 season the Knicks have been 16 games over .500. They are 31-15 and still trail Miami by one-half game. Miami's Erik Spoelstra will coach the Eastern All-Star team, but Woodson is doing the better job.
"I like how we're playing,'' Woodson said. "Everyone is contributing. Nobody is complaining about minutes.''
The Knicks' "Trio Grande'' of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire was wonderful again.
Anthony, after his quiet nine-point night in the Sacramento laugher, scored 19 points by halftime and finished with 27 one day after his Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. Chandler, who lost a bet with Anthony and was forced to wear a Ravens hat during the postgame interview, ripped down 20 rebounds for the third straight game — tying a franchise record last achieved by Willis Reed.
"To me, Tyson Chandler is their MVP," Frank said.
"I wanted to see him get a 20-20 night,'' Jason Kidd said.
Knicks' Chandler grabs 20 boards for 3rd straight game in rout of Pistons
New York Post | Feb 5