Woodson explains how he got Knicks to play hard after taking over for D'Antoni

Mike Woodson, in reflecting how he changed the losing to winning after taking over the Knicks for Mike D’Antoni last March, said he may have “scared them into playing’’ hard.

Thursday night, Woodson and D’Antoni square off at the Garden when the surging Knicks (16-5) take on D’Antoni’s slumping Lakers (9-13). D’Antoni is 4-8 since taking over last month for the fired Mike Brown.

Woodson, D’Antoni’s defensive assistant, was promoted March 14th as interim coach when D’Antoni abruptly resigned because he didn’t feel he could coach Carmelo Anthony any longer.

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Woodson explains how he got Knicks to play hard after taking over for D'Antoni