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New York Knicks running out of patience with coach

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan is running out of patience with coach Mike Woodson - despite publicly backing him for the job last month.

Dolan told the New York Post in November that he has "a lot of confidence in Woodson" and that the Knicks coach had "the respect of all the players".

Since then though, the Knicks have rattled off seven straight defeats - nine in total - a winless run that stretches back to their November 14 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

And New York Post sources claim Dolan is now reconsidering his vote of confidence, although Woodson will coach the team against the Brooklyn Nets this Thursday.

Defeat in the game would stretch the Knicks' winless run to double figures, and the report claims Dolan is not prepared to put up with the performances for much longer - especially if the Knicks lose big to their New York-based rivals.

Following the home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night, Woodson admitted his team has a confidence issue that manifests itself in close games.

And star player Carmelo Anthony said his team were struggling with their mentality - a particular concern so early in the season.

As for potential Woodson replacements? The Post suggests ex-Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy could be a candidate - despite his bitter fall-out with Dolan after Van Gundy quit the Knicks back in 2001-02.

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