The New York Knicks have announced that interm coach Mike Woodson has been given a “multi-year extension”. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody, unless you live under a rock or something, as it has been known for weeks that Woodson will be the head coach moving forward. Of course, in typical Knicks fashion, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. This is not the right move for the Knicks. Woodson is a solid coach, but he’s not a championship caliber coach. Woodson’s offense is very isolation oriented, which could be toxic with Carmelo Anthony being the main scorer. I do not believe that Woodson has the ability to adjust on the fly and out-coach his opponents, as we saw in the playoffs this year when Woodson made no adjustments what so ever. The Knicks resurgence after Mike D’Antoni’s departure had more to do with the fact that they were actually trying as opposed to Woodson’s actual coaching ability.
In the end, this move was about power and control for Garden Chairman James Dolan and the CAA talent agency that runs the show. Mike Woodson will gladly serve as the official “MSG Head Coaching Peon”, whereas coaches like Phil Jackson would not. It is vintage Dolan to would pass over an opportunity to grab arguably the greatest coach of all time, on account of power and control. Woodson will be a good soldier and succumb to all of Dolan’s foolishness. Dolan was looking for a solid coach who would act out his every order without complaint and Woodson will do that.
The Knicks will be the Hawks for the next 3 seasons. Woodson is not a championship caliber coach and I don’t believe the Knicks will be a championship caliber team under Woodson. New York will be a 4, 5, or 6 seed every season, but they’re not going to become Chicago or Miami or San Antonio with this coach and this roster. They’ll be a solid defensive team every year and they’ll always have talent, but I don’t see the Knicks taking that next step forward.
It is a sad day for Knick fans that are hungry for championships. They’re not winning one under Woodson, I guarantee that. However, if you’re satisfied with becoming the new-era Atlanta Hawks then you’re probably pretty happy with this move. You guys know how I feel about it.Follow @tarmosino