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    Default Mike Woodson close to joining Knicks staff



    The Knicks are moving closer to hiring former Hawks head coach Mike Woodson as an assistant coach, which will fuel speculation that Woodson may one day succeed Mike D'Antoni as the team's head coach.
    Although Woodson's last Atlanta team was criticized for its failure to make defensive adjustments when getting bombed by Orlando in the 2010 playoffs, the former first-round pick of the Knicks will join D'Antoni's staff as a defensive coach.
    The Daily News first reported in May that D'Antoni, who has resisted bringing in an outsider to his coaching staff, would be forced to hire a defensive coach because of the Knicks' failures at that end during his first three seasons in New York.
    In the past few days, Woodson had told two confidantes that he expects to join the Knicks. The move might become official next week, according to sources, when Garden and team executives return from vacation. Woodson had what he called a good meeting with D'Antoni earlier this month, but he had people above D'Antoni in his corner from the start.
    Woodson's hiring was recommended by Isiah Thomas, a long-time friend and former teammate who continues to serve as Garden chairman Jim Dolan's top unpaid consultant.
    Woodson could be in line to move to the head coaching position in the future. D'Antoni has only one year remaining on his contract, as his requests for an extension in this off-season have been rejected by Dolan.
    Woodson's alliance with Thomas goes back more than 30 years, when he helped Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight recruit Thomas to Indiana. Additionally, Woodson is also a former teammate of interim GM Glen Grunwald. Although there has been speculation that the Knicks are looking for a permanent, GM Grunwald is signed through the 2011-12 season. Meanwhile. the team still has made no move to replace Donnie Walsh, who was forced out as team president in a contract dispute with Dolan in June.
    Last month, Woodson was in the running for the Detroit Pistons' head coaching job. But he finished second to ex-Nets coach Lawrence Frank.
    A former No. 1 pick of the Knicks in 1980, Woodson spent six seasons as head coach in Atlanta, posting a 206-286 record. In his final two seasons, the Hawks were 100-64, advancing twice to the second round but getting swept both times. He was fired by the Hawks after their second-round loss to Orlando two years ago, when the Hawks set an NBA record for the largest average margin of defeat in a four-game series. After they lost by an average of 25 points per game, the Magic's Dwight Howard criticized the Hawks' constant double-teaming schemes and failure to make adjustments after their 43-point drubbing in the opener.
    "Mike didn't adjust when he coached the Hawks," said one NBA president. "He had his game-plan going in and he stuck with it. As a future head coach, he'll probably be better because it would be his second job. A lot of times, guys do better after their first head coaching job when they have that experience."
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    Solid hire I guess. Wanted Frank first but Woodson is qualified for the job also imo.

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    Well, we actually made sure we got what we wanted. I don't know what to expect, since I'm no coaching expert, glad we have a defensive-minded man with a great goatee though.

    Hawks looked bad without him. Either they need to be run and gun like Barkley suggested, or they need to change the roster.


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    I hope he becomes head coach soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RunningJumper View Post
    Well, we actually made sure we got what we wanted. I don't know what to expect, since I'm no coaching expert, glad we have a defensive-minded man with a great goatee though.

    Hawks looked bad without him. Either they need to be run and gun like Barkley suggested, or they need to change the roster.
    yes the goatee should complement d'antoni's mustache quite nicely

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    Mike Woodson close to joining Knicks staff in 2012 if they don't end this lockout...almost September now..come on folks enough is enough!

    We want a season and we want a good playoff run!
    Our roster needs a preseason, with 2 sophomores and 2 rookies on the roster, plus various free agents that will sign for us.

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    This would be a great hire, When Woodson was with the Hawks their offense wasn't that good but he did get them to play good defense. With us, he won't need to worry about offense.
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    "Woodson had what he called a good meeting with D'Antoni earlier this month, but he had people above D'Antoni in his corner from the start."

    Translation: Meeting with Dantoni was just a friendly gesture. Didn't matter what Dantoni thought, it was going to happen regardless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmareForPresident View Post
    This would be a great hire, When Woodson was with the Hawks their offense wasn't that good but he did get them to play good defense. With us, he won't need to worry about offense.
    Nice sig, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nyk_nyk View Post
    "Woodson had what he called a good meeting with D'Antoni earlier this month, but he had people above D'Antoni in his corner from the start."

    Translation: Meeting with Dantoni was just a friendly gesture. Didn't matter what Dantoni thought, it was going to happen regardless.
    lol I hope.


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    If he's good great. But wasn't he a lacking defensive coach, and the reason Van Gundy Schooled him

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    nice i think its a solid hire. hes a solid defensive coach and knows the game really well. we'll definitely see an improvement with him; he may even be our new HC. my only thing is i hope he gets to work right away as far as schemes and such so that way one the lockout is lifted payers can begin getting the schemes-which would help them pick up the system faster.


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    Hopefully this hiring not only gets us better defense but lights a fire under D'Antoni's ass.

    D'Antoni's offense in Phoenix was beautiful to watch but it hasn't looked like that here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSj4Wingzero View Post
    Hopefully this hiring not only gets us better defense but lights a fire under D'Antoni's ass.

    D'Antoni's offense in Phoenix was beautiful to watch but it hasn't looked like that here...
    Well, as both critics and supporters have pointed out he hasn't got the same cast.
    Especially after the trade the team has gone from "right types of players but lacking talent" to "talented players who do not fit the system".
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