Posted February 08, 2014

Report: Knicks coach Mike Woodson expects to be fired by All-Star break

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Mike Woodson (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Mike Woodson is 91-64 since taking over for Mike D’Antoni in 2012 and 7-10 in the playoffs. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Mike Woodson’s days with the Knicks may be numbered, and the coach appears to be coming to terms with it.

Woodson and several of his assistant coaches — save Herb Williams — are expecting to be fired by the All-Star break, multiple sources told Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops.com, who reported the story on Friday.

The Knicks (19-30), who lost 28 games all of last season, play host to the Nuggets on Friday, visit the Thunder on Sunday and welcome the Kings on Wednesday before the break.

The five days off before New York begins a four-game row trip would be an ideal time to making a coaching change because it would allow the team to become acclimated with a new coach, sources told Scotto.

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Williams, who served as the Knicks’ interim coach in 2005 after Lenny Wilkens resigned, is expected to serve the same role should Woodson be fired, according to Steve Popper of The Bergen Record.

“This year has been, for me, it’s been kind of a disaster from a coaching standpoint in trying to get players to compete and play at a high level,” Woodson said Thursday during an ESPN New York radio interview. “That’s the frustrating part about it, because I know we’re better than what we’ve shown and we’ve still got a chance.”

Players have also privately grown tired of Woodson questioning the team’s effort after losses, sources told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley. 

The Knicks, who were the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs last season after winning the Atlantic Division, are 2 1/2 games behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot and have lost three in a row after a four-game winning streak.

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14 comments
maran747
maran747

Don't know why fired coaches are hired by other teams.  He didn't do good in Atlanta, what makes them think he'll be good with Knicks.  Focused on his wardrobe and vanity has to take some time off what he should really be focused on, you can include Mike Brown in this, with their custom made silk suits.  I'll take lunch pail guys like Scott Brooks or Mark Jackson, Kevin McHale any day..They should let him go, his coaching gig is over anywhere...

Pupman
Pupman

Woodson needs to go as soon as possible.  The REAL and most IMPORTANT question will be: Who will replace him?  If it will be a typical Dolan move like Alan Houston, then just keep Woodson and be content to lose.  At least Dolan will save some money.  The Knicks need a Jeff Van Gundy.  They need a guy who won't allow Anthony and Smith to destroy the concept of team ball.  There is no other way to win.  No team will have great success in the NBA without it.  When it comes to USING your teammates, the whole is a great deal more potent than the sum of the parts.  Woodson could never enforce it.

JohnnyGarcia
JohnnyGarcia

FYI bro the Knicks only lost 28 games last year. How didn't anyone catch that?

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

Jim Buss is presently trying to sign the entire organization for 2x their current salaries.  

TherealdanMcKelvey
TherealdanMcKelvey

Why was he ever hired? Because Dolan is an idiot and let Donnie go.....The Knicks are horrible and will only get worse.....

geoAZ
geoAZ

Sadly, Waldo needs to go ! give the fans a fighting chance...hire Kenny Atkinson, give him the remainder of the season to evaluate personnel and set the roster for next season !

JubJub
JubJub

At this point, I'm sure he's just hoping to be put out of his misery.  


On his way out, I fully expect him to punch Carmelo Anthony in his throat and kick James Dolan in his kulo.  

Jetset
Jetset

bad move.  You just can't fire a coach for a bad season with a bunch of injuries.  What about going 18-6 2 years ago.  we beat boston if Stat doesn't get hurt in the playoffs.   The last year we win 54 games beat the champs 3 times.  We ran into the pacers at the end but could have beat them with a healthy Melo and TYson.  Bad timing but …  so we have a bad year. SO what.  You have to work thru it.  its not the coach, who put together a team with ZERO starting caliber PG'?

Irishlad715
Irishlad715

They are tired of Woodson questioning the team's effort after losses?  What is supposed to do after losses say great job guys we lost by 20 but you showed that you can tie your shoes.  Blow up the team already.

Bucky182
Bucky182

Isaiah Thomas is a free-agent coach in need of a job. Perhaps New York would be a good fit for him.

NYRedd42
NYRedd42

What has Herb Wlliams got on Dolan?

True Fan
True Fan

Don't worry Melo will fill the leadership void.

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

Hope you guys are nice and rested from the Phil Jackson talk last year because it's about time for it to start up again.

Pupman
Pupman

@Jetset  Not a bad move.  This team needs to rid itself of Woodson. He is a lousy coach.  Last year's wins came from a team that had savvied veterans who didn't need the coach to teach them how to mesh chemistry.  But even last year there were signs this team needed more from the coach.  That was revealing when the Knicks went on mediocre streaks.  The team just lacked set plays and were deficient of the teamwork necessary for getting through playoff  teams successfully.  The Knicks had the roster to handily beat Indiana last year.  But they didn't have the coach to enforce the adjustments needed to do so.  In reality Woodson stood by while an offensively dismal Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith selfishly chucked the ball and took the remainder of the team out of the games over and over and over again.  It was astonishing to watch the same post up play and the same missed shot.  The fact that it was killing the team just didn't matter.  Woodson did nothing about it.  Indiana must have been delightfully flabbergasted.   


It is not just bad timing.  This coach is not part of the formula for success for this team.  He needed to be canned yesterday. And Carmelo needs to be set straight about a concept called team play, especially when he is shooting in a 20 something percent funk.  That's why Carmelo will never lick the feet of Lebron, but that is another story.