For a man in danger of losing his job coach Mike Woodson spoke well at the New York Knicks‘ practice facility yesterday.
Woodson spoke with new Knicks president Phil Jackson for the first time. He didn’t give away much of his conversation with Jackson, but did speak about the future of his job. For a man who is most likely gone at the end of the season, Woodson said some interesting things. I’m not so convinced that he will be fired at the end of this season.
When asked about possibly losing his job, Woodson spoke well of owner James Dolan. He explained that it is Mr. Dolan’s team and that he has every right to speak with other people about becoming the next Knicks head coach. Woodson went on to say that he is the Knicks coach right now and he’s going to put his, “best foot forward” in making a late playoff push.
Woodson was classy and responded well to the question. He’s well aware that his job is in danger and is truly doing the best he possibly can.
The most interesting part of Woodson’s conversation with reporters was when he was asked by Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com about coaching the triangle system. Woodson responded, “Could I teach it? Absolutely, I can teach it. But it’d be even better if he helped me teach it. That would be great. Who would be better in teaching the triangle than Phil Jackson?” Woodson went on to say that if he gets the opportunity, he’d love to teach the triangle offense.
Jackson is most likely going to want to implement the triangle system and he already stated he wants to keep Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo will have to change his style of play, and he’s already said that’s something he’d agree to. There’s no question Woodson made a lot of mistakes this season and at times, he’s looked inept. But Dolan and Jackson are more than likely taking into account what Woodson did last year with this team.
If the Knicks can get into the playoffs and make some noise, I’m not so sure that a new head coach will be brought in next season.