New York Knicks shooting guard J. R. Smith has backed his side's under-fire head coach Mike Woodson.
Experienced NBA coach Woodson has been heavily criticised this season due to the New York Knicks' poor form.
The Knicks have won just 15 out of a possible 42 games so far this season, which has left the Madison Square Garden-based franchise three places off the playoffs.
The Eastern Conference franchise have been particularly disappointing in recent weeks as they have lost their last five games.
Their latest defeat came at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, who are currently rock bottom of the Atlantic Division.
However despite their recent poor form, Smith has called on Knicks fans to lay off Woodson.
The 28-year-old believes the players should be taking responsibility for their recent below-par performances.
Speaking to the New York Daily Post, Smith said: "At the end of the day, it’s going to come from the players.
"I don’t think it’s coach’s fault or the scheme’s fault. If you play hard and play smart it’s tough to lose games."
The New York Knick will be hoping to get back to winning ways against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
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