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.