Despite lording over an awful basketball team, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson continues to speak confidently. He claims that if his team ever got healthy, they could hang with the defending champion Miami Heat. Per the NY Post:

On the eve of the first meeting of the season with two-time world champion Miami, Woodson claimed his battered, bruised and now coughing and sniffling Knicks could hang with the Heat if healthy. He thought so before the season, he thinks so now.

“Absolutely and I still believe that, if we could ever get back whole,” Woodson said after a makeshift group of Knicks did whatever it could Wednesday at the team’s practice facility where the bunch was so beat up and sick, there was no formal workout. “It’s been tough in terms of going out on a night-in and night-out basis and competing. I’m not taking anything away from the players who have been consistently in uniform for us, but it’s hard to judge our team,” Woodson said.

Until recently, any judge would have given a thumbs down. But the Knicks won two of three games in Texas, beating San Antonio and Dallas, then came home to outlast Detroit Tuesday. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a victory. And now the Knicks face the Heat with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and assorted headaches.