Many people have a problem with Mike Woodson's rotations, offensive and defensive schemes and loyalty towards veteran players. However, it's hard to argue with his results since taking over as head coach of the New York Knicks. Since replacing Mike D'Antoni as Knicks' coach in the 2011-12 season, he's compiled a 72-34 record. Now the Knicks have picked up his 2014-15 option to ensure he'll be around for the next two seasons.
While New York hasn't made it past the second round of the playoffs in either of his two seasons as head coach, the Knicks have decided to keep Mike Woodson around for an additional year. He was heading into next season with an expiring contract. However, the New York Knicks have decided to lift Woodson's lame-duck status and pick up his 2014-15 option.
Sep. 30, 2013Ã¢??President and GM Steve Mills announced that the team has picked up the option on M. WoodsonÃ¢??s contract for the 2014-15 season.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) September 30, 2013
Many thought Woodson would be on the hot seat this coming season. After all, with Carmelo Anthony's impending opt-out coming up after next season and the change at team president and general manager you'd expect Woodson's contract status to to be an issue. In fact, Glen Grunwald and Woodson were teammates in college.
However, picking up Woodson's option alleviates that pressure for now. All he'll have to deal with is the high expectations for the team next season. Steve Mills and James Dolan clearly want to keep Anthony happy so this option seems to indicate they think he enjoys playing for Woodson.
Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork reports what Mills thinks has to say on the subject of picking up Woodson's option.
"I have long respected Mike and think he has done a remarkable job since becoming the head coach of the Knicks," team president and general manager Steve Mills said in a statement. "After spending time with him recently, it is clear that picking up his option is an easy decision."
Now, to say Mills has spent time with Woodson recently is a joke. He probably met him once or twice. That being said, it's clear that Dolan wanted to keep Woodson around a bit longer.
Some believe that Woodson is a limited coach. That he'll only ever get a team so far. That is yet to be seen. However, what's clear is that the Knicks team leader is comfortable playing under Woodson. Anthony basically runs this franchise. Where he goes, the team goes. Keeping him happy is important if the team ever expects to reach it's ultimate goal.
That being said, will Woodson make it past his option? That remains to be seen. However, what we know for sure is that Woodson has been at the helm of the Knicks during the best period of team play in the last 15 years. He deserves his option being picked up and he deserves more respect from the fans of the Knicks. Respect the goatee.
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