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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Knicks Officially Sign Mike Woodson as Assistant Coach

The Knicks have officially signed former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson as the newest member of their assistant coach staff.

Woodson was a former top assistant for Larry Brown and has been considered by many to be the so-called “defense coach” that D’Antoni has not had since Marc Iavaroni was named the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007. Since that time, D’Antoni’s brother Dan has been the closest that D’Antoni had had to a “defense coach.” Woodson, though, bristled a bit at the designation, stating, “I’m not going to sit here and say that I’m just a defensive coach. I can help Mike, I think, offensively as well. I’m just a coach and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come in and do that.”

D’Antoni took the time to also address concerns about what this hire means for his job safety, as having a former head coach on staff like this (one who has no ties to D’Antoni) seems like having your replacement already picked out, particularly with D’Antoni coaching in the final year of his current contract. When asked if he was worried about only having the one year left, D’Antoni gave a great answer, “I’m okay with that. All coaches are on a one year deal. It’s just whether you get a paid vacation. We have to produce. Every coach in the NBA has to produce. That’s the way it is here.”

I think Woodson has the credentials and the experience to be a strong hire, so I am happy about the move. What do you folks all think?

10 comments on “Knicks Officially Sign Mike Woodson as Assistant Coach

  1. swagger824

    Thought this was a great sign as well. Adding another piece to the puzzle for a championship!

  2. Kikuchiyo

    I don’t know much about Woodson, but when the most notable assistant coaches are the head coach’s brother and the totemic Herb Williams, it’s time for an upgrade. One of the biggest complaints around here, and not one I subscribe to, is that D’Antoni is a power monger, that he doesn’t coach defense because he is trying to prove a point about his system. Having a former head coach on the bench counters this myth and suggests, instead, that D’Antoni (or Knicks management at least) wants discussion and debate about how the games should be played. If we do have a season, we’ll learn a great deal about D’Antoni this year.

    Still, it’s been a pretty depressing summer. Killed my t.v. and have been reading books again. Hmm. That’s not a good long-term strategy.

  3. bockadoo

    Are we finally making some sensible basketball decisions? Getting Woodson, drafting a big athletic defensive minded two guard to help reduce career nights for other two’s throughout the league…maybe we’ll get a Dalembert/defensive big… A better balanced team hopefully.

  4. spydermaan

    Woodson?? Not excited but judging from the fact that there is really nothing out there, I’ll take it. And he should shut up and just coach defense. He sounded like he see’s this as an opportunity to coach the Knicks. if that happens, I’ll be sure Mr. Thomas will be coming back too.

  5. Count Zero

    Best option available. One can’t argue with his credentials while with the Pistons and he did pretty well in Atlanta all things considered.

    I think it’s pretty obvious that he would definitely get consideration at the very least if D’Antoni isn’t extended. More to the point — if the Knicks were to start the season by seriously under-performing, I think he would be named interim in a heartbeat — which would certainly be preferable to another Herb interim stint.

  6. ess-dog

    I guess Wilson was less than enthusiastic about the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. But seriously, I know Denver isn’t NYC, but Zhejiang sounds pretty much like the South Carolina of China. Seems crazy to me.

  7. Spree8nyk8

    ess-dog:
    I know Denver isn’t NYC, but Zhejiang sounds pretty much like the South Carolina of China.Seems crazy to me.

    Wtf does that even mean? South Carolina is great

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