Knicks Sign Woodson
After an extremely successful stretch as the Knicks interim head coach at the end of the 2011-12 season, the Knicks have decided to give Mike Woodson an extension. With an 18-6 record to close out the regular season and the Knicks first playoff game victory in over a decade, Mike Woodson more than proved that he deserved to be coaching the Orange and Blue next year. It is a multi-year extension for an undisclosed amount. Woodson was extremely excited to get the interim tag removed from his title.
“I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career,” Woodson, who was drafted by the Knicks in 1980, said in a statement. “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.”
Woodson made it clear that he wanted the job from the second that former head coach, Mike D’Antoni, said he could no longer coach the Knicks. Upper management did not let Woodson’s effort go unnoticed.
“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,” Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said in a statement. “We saw a significant improvement since Mike took over and believe our team will only keep improving under Mike’s direction.”
This is the first of many pieces of the puzzle that the Knicks must finish before next season starts. I think Mike Woodson is a good fit and I look forward to seeing how he handles a full season in the toughest city to coach in the world.