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?