Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks are currently in the process of creating a multiyear contract for Woodson to remain the Knicks head coach. It is believed that this contract should be finalized by the end of this week, possibly even tomorrow.
Last summer, 2011, the Knicks hired Mike Woodson to be the assistant head coach, and on March 14, 2012 Woodson took over as a temporary head coach when Mike D’Antoni stepped down from the position. With Woodson in charge the team greatly increased their wins as well as their chemistry. Mike Woodson coached the team to an 18-6 record (18 wins and 6 loses) from March 14, 2012 to April 26, 2012. The New York Knicks finished the regular season in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and entered the 2011-2012 Playoffs to play the Miami Heat in the first round. On May 6, 2012 the Knicks ended their 13-game postseason losing streak by beating the Heat in game 4, 89-87. Unfortunately, that was the only win the Knicks had and did not advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Knicks organization is very pleased with the job Woodson has done with the team. General Manager and Woodson’s good friend, Glen Grunwald said, “Woody’s done a fantastic job. I can’t give him enough credit for the job he’s done since he’s been here.” Grunwald later added, “Normal coaching changes don’t result in such a dramatic improvement in a team’s performance so I think that speaks very well of him.”
Not only has Woodson impressed the Knicks staff but he has build relationships with the players as well. Many of the players are looking forward to Woodson remaining head coach with a multiyear contract. His main supporters are Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and Jeremy Lin. When asked about Woodson, Anthony said, “I’m hopeful he’s back. There’s no need to try to change it up now. I’m a big believer in sticking with what you have.”
In my opinion, the New York Knicks are making the right decision by keeping Mike Woodson as head coach. It is important to have a coach that has the respect of the players and the staff, and can work well with everyone. Woodson has already done great things with the Knicks in just a short amount of time and deserves this contract. I am interested to see how many years his contract will be and for how much.
Update: On Friday May 25, 2012 the New York Knicks and Woodson agreed upon a multiyear deal and it is done. Mike Woodson remains head coach of the New York Knicks for 2 more years with the 3rd year optional. Coach Woodson said, “I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career. Our goal is to build off the success we had at the end of last season and to continue our quest of bringing an NBA championship to Madison Square Garden.”