As soon as New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan had a meeting with the coaching staff before the season began, Mike Woodson’s days were already numbered.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, a person with knowledge of the meeting mentioned that Dolan, “Believes the team is good enough to win a championship.”
Dolan sounded to be extremely ambitious and unaware of new roster. But his words alone only placed a target on Woodson’s back instead of encouraging him. After 66 games last year, the Knicks were 40-26 and on pace to clinch the Atlantic Division. This year they are 26-40 and a spot away from the final playoff seed.
It appears that Woodson will be fired after he attempts to take the team to the playoffs this season. However, there is good news for his future. According to a recent report from Isola, prominent boosters for Indiana University are planning to buy out current coach Tom Crean, after a disappointing 17-15 season. Woodson was born in Indianapolis and played basketball at Indiana during his collegiate career. This would be his first time coaching in the NCAA.
Woodson has had a good career as an NBA coach. He was a part of Larry Brown’s coaching staff during the Detroit Pistons’ championship run in 2004. After his brief stint in Detroit, he was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for six seasons and had taken the team to the playoffs in his last three seasons.
He joined Mike D’Antoni’s coaching staff in New York during the 2011-12 season. When the Knicks were on a six-game losing streak and the fans grew tired of D’Antoni’s moves, the Knicks fired him and named Woodson as the next head coach.
After an impressive 54-28 record last season, there were great expectations for this year’s team. But it appears that the Knicks will need to make a few big moves this offseason or plan to rebuild all over again. Either way, it’s likely that Woodson would no longer be apart of the team.