He may have had a few questionable moments during his short stint for the New York Knicks this season, but Beno Udrih was not the problem in New York. Except for team’s leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, the entire team has had many bad games this year. It’s a shame that Udrih requested for a trade in late January, but he knew that coach Mike Woodson had no plans to keep him in the rotation.
The 31-year-old guard from Slovenia was attracted to New York’s two-PG lineups before signing with the team this summer. Woodson had succeeded in inserting Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton in the lineup together and rotating for Pablo Prigioni. Udrih had been fairly consistent in his entire career, averaging 8.9 points and 3.6 assists in 23.3 minutes. He signed to be the third-string PG. That acquisition was a steal for New York based on his valuable experience.
Unfortunately for Udrih, Woodson did not use that type of lineup this season, and it showed when the team lacked in ball movement. In fact, Udrih played only 11 minutes with Prigioni or Felton on the court through 20 games. Instead of making an impact, Udrih became the scapegoat to many of the Knicks’ costly mistakes earlier in the year, especially in Woodson’s eyes.