Woodson has done a pretty good job improving the Knicks defensively. Why don't some of you guys like this move?
Woodson might be miles ahead of MDA, but he is still miles behind Jackson or Sloan. They showed some interest but Dolan wants no part of them.
The biggest reasons are:
1. His golden boy, Melo, plays happily under Woodson.
2. Mike how-high Woodson fits perfectly to Dolan's tight lip policy with the media and Dolan can easily extent his power of influence into coaching.
Lets face it, the probability of winning a championship with Woody is slim and none. He will get the Knicks into the playoffs but that is it! He doesnt have the championship blueprint nor the wits to outcoach some of the tops in the league.
Look at what happened to the Kobe! Lakers played the extact type of iso offense as Knicks, except Lakers iso'ed the crucial the 4th and Knicks iso'ed the whole game. It absolutely killed the ball movement and took other players out of the game too! Half court set ISO offense will not win any championships!
I guess Dolan and some fans are perfectly content in getting into the playoffs, while others like me,
I want a Championship, and anything less is NOT acceptable!
Mike Woodson is everything Dantoni is not!
He demands defense from his players, he has the balls to tell them they are wrong and most important....his system worked with the players he had!
Big Names!!! Dantoni was a big name!
Jeff Van Gundy earned his name as our coach, and hopefully Woody will too!
Plus....how can you blame our playoff performance on Woodson! Phil Jackson couldve been coaching with Calapari as top assistant and I assure you the results would have been the same!
Miami looked like a team with chemistry and we looked like a team that had 3 players starting for us who had never played a playoff game together and one of our starters being a injured backup player!
Woodson with a full off-season and way more talent than he had in Atlanta will make us a 50-55 win team. I pray to god Anthony/Stoudemire/Lin mesh like Ginobili/Duncan/Parker, Pierce/Garnett/Rondo or at least Nowitski/Kidd/Terry
Our defense will be top 10 our offense will be top 10 if we find consistency and beat the teams we're suppose to beat then we have a great shot at being NBA Champions
I know everyone wants a championship, but let's be realistic and grateful for what we have. Look where we were two seasons ago. In the nba doghouse.
This year was terrible with injuries, next year we will be healthier and have had a full offseason together. This will help us infinitely with chemistry. Tyson and Amare will be conducting workouts together with the dream, and Lin, Melo and Tyson will be playing in the olympics and training together.
Giving Woodson 3 years with players that fit his system may not lead us to a title but we will definitely be in the upper realm of the NBA. For once we are surrounding the coach with players who fit his system (capable iso players) and with a few more minor pieces in the offseason, capable defenders who will also bring energy on the boards.
Let's be realistic here:
Phil Jackson: Nothing more than rumours linking him here and he bashed Melo and Amare's games.
Jeff Van Gundy: People are just kidding themselves if they think he would come back here after all the Dolan drama, he isn't stupid and knows that money making and ticket sales are the hidden agenda's.
Stan Van Gundy: Would have heard the horror stories from his brother and probably doesn't want to walk into another job where he will be torched and bashed by fans 24/7.
Jerry Sloan: Kind of genuinely pissed he wasn't seriously considered but hey we may have made a call.
Calipari: Already stated he wanted to stay with Kentucky, it's a cosy job and his previous tenure in the NBA proved to be unsuccessful.
Let's give Woodson the courtesy of a full season before we tear him to shreds, we have a defensive minded coach who also has 2 very potent offensive weapons. Give him the chance he earned.
Woodson still holds the record as the most lopsided 4-game playoff sweep, when his 3rd seeded Hawks were swept by 2nd seeded Magic.
Different standards for different folks. Some are just ecstatic by making the playoffs; others are not.
Why would you want Luol, Harden, Gasols when you have a chance get Howard, LeBron, Durant, or Westbrook??
This thread will close in a couple of days. Knicks will make an annoucement of Woodson's multiyear contract within a few days!
I would say sloan but he's interested in the vacant spot in orlando
Lol...c'mon guys. You knew once Dolan said "fire your agent" and Woodson did, that he'd be the next coach.
I would have loved Phil Jackson bringing the triangle offense to NY, but with Dolan running the show, that's just not gonna happen. One of the big draws of having Jackson as your coach is luring star players that want to play for him. But since the Knicks are pretty much capped out for the next few years, that's not gonna happen either.
I think Woodson derserves a shot, especially since he has the support of the players.
Don't forget, before Amare and Lin got injured, Knicks were looking real good. He also bought out the best of Melo in that game against the Bulls.
The one mistake he made this season was not avoiding the Heat in the playoffs.
Last edited by Uncle Robo; May 23, 2012 at 04:06.