Asking New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson to win three of the next five games is no easy task. It seems that is what Knicks owner Jim Dolan demands out of the struggling team or else he may pull the plug on the Woodson era, reminiscent of the coach Mike D’Antoni outing in New York.
A source believes the next three to five games are crucial for Woodson or “Dolan could make knee-jerk reaction the minute he feels they’re really out of contention.”
Jim Dolan does not have a good history of keeping coaches long term. Since Jeff Van Gundy resigned in the 2001-02 season, only three of the last six coaches, Don Chaney, D’Antoni and currently Woodson, have lasted over two seasons of coaching under Dolan’s rule.
Despite Woodson’s track record of taking a winning squad into the postseason with the Atlanta Hawks and with the Knicks in five of the nine years he has coached in the league, Woodson has shown a tremendous lack of leadership for an authoritative figure.
The Knicks may need to look at the big picture and would prefer to rebuild, but this season would be a complete waste if Woodson gets fired anytime before the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention this season.
The best thing the front office could do is wait and see how the Knicks respond in the next 25 games. Firing Woodson now means tanking the season, but for Dolan it may mean something else.