The New York Knicks could have beaten Los Angeles to Phil Jackson, could have locked up the megacoach long before the Lakers considered proposing to him a third time, and instead they hired the perfectly fine candidate who will always be measured against that call.
Mike Woodson is 22-6 as head coach of the Knicks, and 4-0 this season after Friday night's victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Woodson is responsible for the NBA's only undefeated team, and he has the Knicks playing something that the Pat Riley-Jeff Van Gundy Knicks played in the '90s.
Defense. Woodson's overmatched predecessor and Jackson's reported competition in L.A., Mike D'Antoni, should try it sometime