Knicks Shortsighted To Remove Mike Woodson's Interim Tag So Quickly

 @Ayo_Rush  on May 25 2012 10:49 AM

During his time in Atlanta, Mike Woodson undoubtedly made the Hawks better. At the end of his six year tenure he finished with the fourth-best win total in franchise history, and led them to the playoffs in three of those seasons. When Woodson received the interim head coach tag in New York, he caught the attention of the fan base by demanding an improved defensive effort, and preached "accountability", something that many felt the roster was severely lacking. He even got All-Star forward, Carmelo Anthony, to buy in and play committed defense, who in turn ended up being the main reason the Knicks were able to salvage their season.

However, when news surfaced that the Knicks were in contract talks with Woodson during their first round match-up with the Miami Heat, it felt premature. Woodson brings plenty to the table, but the Knicks would be careless to overlook his shortcomings.

In 34 career playoff games, Mike Woodson has an underwhelming 12-22 record (.353). Not exactly regarded as an offensive savant, Woodson's game plan has long been referred to as "star-oriented", preferring to put the ball in the hands of his best players. But towards the end of the season and during the series with Miami, there were various games where the offense seemed stagnant and the ball would end up sitting in Anthony's hands for a good portion of the shot clock. Woodson has also come under scrutiny during his career for his stubbornness, and lack of ability to make proper adjustments on the fly.

Playoff records aside, failing to even attempt to inquire with coaching legends such as Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan is borderline irresponsible of the Knicks front office. Even the very capable Stan Van Gundy and Nate McMillan failed to come up in the talks for the head coaching position. It's one thing to make an offer and be refused, it is another entirely to not even make an effort in the first place.