New York teams are like no other. And so is their press coverage. Just ask any New York coach…even when they take their teams to the playoffs, they can be given a ticket out of town. Just look at what happened in hockey with New York Rangers (ex) coach recently. The firing of the Rangers coach made me start thinking about the NY Knicks coach Mike Woodson and what his future with the Knicks should be.
Mike Woodson had many good things happen for himself and his Knicks this year. First off, he led the Knicks to a 54-28 record and we got the 2nd spot in the Eastern Conference. We got home court advantage with the help of him and won the Atlantic Division title for the 1st time since 1994. He also was able to reel in the veteran players like Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Rasheed Wallace,
Kenyon Martin, Kurt Thomas, and Marcus Camby. Also, how about Mr. Copeland, he had a phenomenal year this year. His first year in the NBA at the age of 29 and he was able to do what he did throughout the regular season and the playoffs. Wow! Woodson did just fine with Copeland for sure. This is pretty good for his first year as a head coach! I just hope he can build on his progress and get us further into the playoffs next year. In the regular season, he was a really good
coach. In the playoffs, though, not so much. He coached well in the series against the Celtics, but the Pacers’ series was a bigger test and I think he failed. Still, overall I would give him a passing grade as head coach – not the best in class but definitely, passing the test.
While there were some good things he did, there were some bad Woodson memories from this season too. During the season he did a respectable job, but I think he turned people of in the playoffs with some questionable coaching decisions. In the playoffs, we lost in 6 games to the Pacers in the Conference Semi-Finals. In our last game of the season for the New York Knicks,
I can remember when Iman Shumpert had hit 3 three-pointers in a row to make it a one point game. He stayed making three pointers until the quarter ended. Then, for the fourth quarter, of all people, he takes Shumpert out of the game and when he comes back in later, he misses the three. Coach, I got to tell you something simple, if a guy is feeling from everywhere on the court, KEEP HIM IN THE GAME! That makes absolutely no sense! If your role player is making shots
left and right you are not going to take him out are you? Uh, whatever…not your best moment Mike!
Overall, I think Woodson has done pretty well with the squad he coached during the 2012-2013 season. But should he coach in the Big Apple again next year? Will the fans be as forgiving without a ring next year? What about the year after that?
If I were the one making the decision, I would most certainly give him the chance next season. I think he has earned it in a town with die-hard fans and a level of press scrutiny like no other. He had to try and put a team together with a lot of older players in his first full year as a head coach. He did it. He led us to a 54-28 record, an Atlantic division clinch, the 2nd seed in the playoffs, guaranteed home court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs, and reeled in players like Chris Copeland. I think he had a decent first season as a head coach and regardless of what his contract is, I think that he should stay here again next year. What do you think? Different opinion?
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My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.