The NBA is witnessing an interesting development as Mike Woodson, the former head coach of Hawks, travels to New York to talk with his counterpart at the Knicks, Mike D'Antoni. Sources have revealed that New York Knicks head coach, D'Antoni wants to utilize Woodson’s skills for the assistant coach position.
Officials within Knicks ranks have also informed of a similar development. Rumor around the block suggests Woodson is about to make a move from the Hawks to become a defensive assistant coach with the Knicks.
Woodson, coached the Hawks from 2004 to 2010 while maintaining a 206-286 coaching record. Woodson’s representatives have informed that the former Hawks coach is in weighing his options at the moment and no confirmed decision has been made as yet.
They also told that Woodson has been reviewing a couple of other job opportunities. This is true as over the past week Woodson has surprisingly been linked to a job in Minnesota.
Nonetheless, officials from both teams have refrained from commenting on the topic. Woodson’s agent, Joe Glass, former representative of Larry Brown took the floor and defused the bomb saying, “I am not going to comment.”
Brown has been Woodson’s assistant coach for a long time. Brown and Glass have had a scores to settle since they both worked for the Knicks. Brown’s infamous exit from the team forced NBA to resolve the issue through arbitration.
Woodson happened to be Brown’s assistant coach from 2003-2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He was also part of the Pistons squad that won the NBA championship. Back in the time when Woodson used to shoot hoops, he was drafted by the Knicks as the 12th overall pick. Woodson was picked up during the 1980 draft and he spent two seasons at the Garden.
Now, experts have expressed D'Antoni’s desire to add a defensive-minded assistant in their ranks so that New York's under par defense can be upgraded. The Knicks current reputation is in turmoil after fans lost hope in their team. Even though D'Antoni can offer only a one year contract to Woodson as his own contract is set to expire in a year, Woodson will be more than ready to join the cause.
D'Antoni’s first pick for the job was the former Nets head coach Lawrence Frank. D’Antoni attempted to bring him to Knicks but the Pistons were quick to pounce on him making him their head coach.
Woodson can boast good form for the past couple of years. His final two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks were quite successful. As a matter of fact, he recorded an impressive 47-35 and 53-29 before his departure in the 2009-10 season.