Report: Mike Woodson Will Stay On As The Knicks Coach.
MIAMI- As the New York Knicks prepare to try and edge closer to the Miami Heat in their playoff series, their coach Mike Woodson can afford to relax.
According to the New York Post, Woodson will have the term “interim” removed from his title before the start of the 2012-2013 season.
He was informed directly by owner James Dolan that the franchise does not blame him or the rest of the coaching staff for the team’s lackluster playoff performance.
The ownership/management group is placing the blame squarely on the shoulders on the team’s injuries.
Does this mean that coach/guru/former Knicks player Phil Jackson turned them down?
Not at all as the team reportedly did not extend an offer to Jackson. Then again Jackson’s feelings on the subject are said to be that he wants Woodson to have the gig.
In the immediate moment, Woodson does not want to talk about a potential new deal that could be for as long as three years.
“It’s not about Mike Woodson and my contract and where I go from here. When that time comes, I’m sure everybody will sit down and talk about my future.’’
Even after Woodson was recently critical of him, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony still has his back.
“Absolutely, if they’re going to do it right now or wait till after the season, I would love to see him back,’’ Anthony said. “I support that. Everybody knows what he did thus far since he’s been here in the short period that he’s been head coach. There’s no need to cut it off right now. We’re kind of just getting started.’’