Woodson’s defense, discipline have Knicks swarming foes

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Mike Woodson returns to Atlanta Friday night as the NBA’s hottest coach, hotter than Hotlanta in July — with a defense stifling and a club sizzling.

 

Perhaps Hawks fans won’t exactly recall this Woodson, who couldn’t get the Hawks out of the second round of the playoffs in six seasons. At 8-1, Woodson’s winning percentage (.889) as interim coach is bit better than his Hawks’ reign (.419), when he notched 13 wins in his first season.

 

Though Woodson’s Hawks made the playoffs his final three years, his first playoffs came in 2007 with a 37-win team amid a season in which his general manger, Billy Knight, reportedly went to management to try to get him fired.

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Woodson’s defense, discipline have Knicks swarming foes