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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mike Woodson in Contention to Coach an All-Star Team

Usually the coaches of the teams with the best overall record in each conference get the distinction of coaching the All-Star teams every season, but that won’t be the case this year.

Since the best records in each conference belong to the Bulls’  Tom Thibodeau (Eastern Conference) and the Thunder’s Scott Brooks (Western Conference), and because they also coached the teams last year, new coaches must be selected. Woodson is one of many coaches who have the opportunity up in the air when the decision is made Monday morning.

“It’s dangling out there,” Woodson told the New York Daily News. “If it happens it happens. If not, I’m just going to go and rest, and think basketball and get ready for the final stretch. That’s what it’s all about.”

The Knicks entered Wednesday night 1½ games behind the Miami Heat for the lead of the conference and bragging rights going into the second half of the season with the defending champs. With games against weaker opponents before Monday’s decision (Milwaukee and Sacramento), there is a very good chance Woodson may solidify his position.

But while Woodson’s new position as All-Star head coach could be in the future that’s not the main thing he’s focused on. Woodson ultimately wants to bring the NBA Championship back to the “Big Apple,” who hasn’t seen a championship since 1973.

I’m not in it to coach an all-star team,’’ Woodson said to the New York Post. “I’m in it for one thing, man. To try to win a title and try to bring it back to New York. That’s what I’m in it for. I let the players understand the All-Star Game is a great game to showcase talent, the best players around the league. I’m about one thing. Trying to keep them healthy and see how far we can make this run.’’

If the season continues to play out as it has so far, the 28-15 Knickerbockers could potentially see the championship rounds of the NBA playoffs.

16 comments on “Mike Woodson in Contention to Coach an All-Star Team

  1. jon abbey

    “Since the best records in each conference belong to the Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau (Eastern Conference)”

    no.

  2. Unreason

    At this point I don’t know how to pick the most likely NBA champ from among the Heat, Thunder, Spurs and Clippers.

    I’m amazed that the Knicks can legitimately aspire to join that elite group by the playoffs. It doesn’t seem likely, of course, but it’s not ludicrous. And for that, my hat’s off to the FA, coaching staff and players. That’s a huge improvement over a short time during a period when the overall quality of play around the league is quite high IMO.

    It’s heightened my expectations though. The potential for strong continued progress on offense seems very real. Defense; not so much. Numerically, being good on 2 of 4 factors matters little to me as do examples of good man D. I put much more trust in visual assessment for D than for offense. I think team D is much much more important than man D. To my eyes, the team D has been clearly consistently poor even against weak teams both before and after Amare, Felton and Shump’s return.

    Having a couple of weak links didn’t prevent them from forging a strong defensive identity as a team at the beginning of the year. Apart from talking about it, they were actually doing it consistently against both good and bad teams. Though I don’t see any signs that they will, I think that if they get that going again they could at least approach that elite group of potential champs.

    The trouble with heightened expectations is that I’ll be judging their performance relative to a higher bar now; less pleased with good wins that still show major flaws; only fully satisfied when I see evidence that they are approaching that super high level of consistent performance. I can’t help it though. The potential is there. So that automatically becomes a more natural yardstick than the difference from their awful recent years.

  3. citizen

    Ummm it’s pretty hard to claim that’s just a typo. You mention that Thibodeau coached last year – that certainly doesn’t preclude Spoelstra from coaching this year.

  4. jon abbey

    very dangerous game. we haven’t been able to stop guards lately, it’s easy to take this stretch of the schedule for granted, MIL would be NY’s first round opponent if the playoffs started today, and Jennings is going to be pumped to show he should have been picked to the All-Star team. plus most importantly, we almost invariably suck on Fridays.

    if I were Woodson, I’d be trying to get the team to treat this one like a Miami or Brooklyn game, I think it’s a big one.

  5. Eternal OptiKnist

    Everyone makes mistakes…take it easy. The main idea is Woody still has a shot, but we have to pass Miami. It’d be cool, but, like Woody, i realty don’t care.

    I was so glad to see Woody back to his non-smiling, curmudgeonly demeanor calling out the defense after the Orlando win…too often, he’d be too happy with squeaker wins where we plyed like crap on defense. I was surprised he called out shump and White, but i think he was trying to get tthem motivated for tonight’s game which presents a major challenge for our perimeter defenders.

    I think February is going to be an excellent month.

  6. jon abbey

    there was no point. your lead was wrong, and the rest of the piece had zero content. another thing is that “many coaches” do not have a chance at this point, two in each conference have a chance (MIA/NYK and SA/LAC since Brooks coached last year.

    what you could have done was actually tell us the schedules of the teams involved, and maybe note that only if all four MIA/NYK games go the right way would Spoelstra not be the East coach. what you could have done was add any actual content whatsoever, but you chose not to and then dismiss the valid complaints. what you can do in the future is write better pieces, or find a different profession or at least a different place to post.

  7. teledingo

    This is just very confusing.

    TRT – your statement “…eh what can you do mistakes are made” is very discouraging to hear from a writer or journalist.

    What can you do? Proofread. Check facts. Proofread again. Pretty straightforward. This isn’t Facebook.

  8. thenamestsam

    Also

    jon abbey:
    there was no point. your lead was wrong, and the rest of the piece had zero content. another thing is that “many coaches” do not have a chance at this point, two in each conference have a chance (MIA/NYK and SA/LAC since Brooks coached last year.

    what you could have done was actually tell us the schedules of the teams involved, and maybe note that only if all four MIA/NYK games go the right way would Spoelstra not be the East coach. what you could have done was add any actual content whatsoever, but you chose not to and then dismiss the valid complaints. what you can do in the future is write better pieces, or find a different profession or at least a different place to post.

    Actually, Pop has already secured being the coach in the West as of Wednesday night. So it’s even worse than you say. Actually the West is determined and in the East Woodson needs consecutive wins and consecutive Miami losses to get there. So they’re all but selected at this point. This article needed a serious revision.

  9. phreesh

    Got ninja’d there, but to review:

    “Usually the coaches of the teams with the best overall record in each conference get the distinction of coaching the All-Star teams every season, but that won’t be the case this year.
    Since the best records in each conference belong to the Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau (Eastern Conference) and the Thunder’s Scott Brooks (Western Conference), and because they also coached the teams last year, new coaches must be selected. Woodson is one of many coaches who have the opportunity up in the air when the decision is made Monday morning.”

    Actually, the Heat are in first.
    Actually, SA is in first.
    Actually, Pop is already locked in as coach.
    Actually only Woodson and Spoelstra can statistically be the coach.

    That’s some truly shitty reporting.

  10. BigBlueAL

    I dont like to criticize actual articles written here cause lord knows I couldnt write anything close to resembling a decent article but yeah this was pretty bad and useless. Ive been reading this site and commenting pretty regularly since 2008 so Ive gotten used to reading very good articles from this site so there is a pretty high standard expected here I would think.

    In regards to this topic, me and Brian had comments the other night about this topic and you got more info from those few comments than in this article. How about some history of Knicks coaches in the All-Star Game??

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