According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Mike Woodson has just signed a three-year extension with the New York Knicks.
After an eleven-year playoff drought, a mid-season coaching change, and lots of Linsanity, Coach Mike Woodson was able to lead the drama-filled Knicks to the 7th seed of the NBA playoffs.
Owner James Dolan said,
“Mike took over the team under challenging circumstances and made it clear, starting on day one, that he was going to hold every player on our roster accountable. We saw a significant improvement since Mike took over and believe our team will only keep improving under Mike’s direction.”
While some reports made it seem like the Knicks were after Phil Jackson, General Manager Glen Grunwald said that Jackson was never even considered for the job.
According to Grunwald, Woodson was the only one considered due to “a combination of his work during the season and his interview after the season where he talked about his philosophy, how he wants to play, how he’s going to use the players we have, how we would have done maybe some things differently had he had a full season, a full training camp, his approach, what his expectations and goals were for the team ..."
Despite removing the “interim” tag from his title, it still remains to be seen if Woodson is the right “head coach” for the ball-stopping, one-on-one playing, New York Knicks. But with a full training camp, a healthy Jeremy Lin, Amare Stoudemire, and Iman Shumpert, this could be a whole different team heading into next year.