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‘Melo, Stoudemire want Woodson back as Knicks coach

Apr 25, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

Mike Woodson AP

Part of this is that players never say anything bad about a coach days away from handing out playoff minutes (well, unless you are Dwight Howard), but there is also a real groundswell behind Knicks Mike Woodson right now — the team is 16-6 under him as interim coach.

After the season ends (meaning after the first round of the playoffs), the Knicks have to make a decision about the coach for next season.

Carmelo Anthony (not shockingly) and Amare Stoudemire both backed Woodson for the full-time job, reports Newsday.

“I would love to see him around here past this year,” Anthony said. “Just to see what he’s brought to our team, the confidence that he’s instilled into everybody, the belief that he has in everybody. Just his coaching style, the way he’s coached, kind of a hard-nosed coach. Holds everybody accountable out there, saying that everybody is responsible for their own actions. I would love to see him back here.”

“Coach Woodson has done a great job for us,” Stoudemire said. “He’s done a phenomenal, phenomenal job. I love his attitude. I love his coaching style. It would be nice.”

If the Knicks surprise in the playoffs, Woodson’s job is safe. But the likely outcome is the Knicks get the Heat and get overwhelmed and sent packing pretty quickly.

Owner James Dolan is said to favor a big name — Phil Jackson will come up, although I still don’t think he wants to return to the sideline. Kentucky coach John Calipari’s name will come up no matter how much he denies interest. But Woodson is the bird in the hand and the team has responded to him. Woodson also did a good job building up the team in Atlanta when he was there. He’s a good choice.

Woodson can take this team forward, but if they are going to compete with the Heat and Bulls the question isn’t the coach but the talent level on the roster.

  1. yournuts - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    He deserves to be coach. He has done a masterful job and I’d rather see money spent on talent.

  2. allball23 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Woodson has done a great job as the coach and should be back next year. With training camp and everyone healthy will be a top 3 team in east. They have all the pieces just need to keep playing D and they will be fine.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    No reason in the world to be talking about anyone else. Calipari is a hack and has proven it everywhere he’s been. He’s just Sonny Vaccaro on the sidelines, basically.

    Phil may not even want to coach again, and even if he does, you can’t dismiss what Woody has done with this team. A healthy team, fresh draft pick, a nice signing in free agency and a full training camp, leading to a full 82-game season spells a 60 win Knick team. Even the philosophy that Woody employs in holding the guys accountable and building cohesion is grounds for keeping him, as there is nothing more that Phil could do psychologically to get them over the hump.

  4. franchiseplaya - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I’d be fine with seeing Woodson back next season. Amare on the other hand…

  5. dysraw1 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    you know some things should go without having to be said it would be crazy to even think about bringing in someone else at this stage. when Woody has proven hes the man for the job already. its funny how a team generally reflect their coaches attitude on floor,when ricky-D’ was running the show the knicks played like little girls at a tea party. as soon as Woody took over we became men again.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Amare has this playoff series and the first part of next year (if healthy) to prove that it can work consistently. SOME team WILL take him, regardless of the uninsured contract, if the Knicks actually do try to move him by next year’s trade deadline. Everyone is just a slip or hard fall from a major injury, he’s no more prone than half the league. The contract not being insured isn’t prohibitive enough. If he were 35 instead of 30 (when next season begins), then it would be different, but he’s still in his athletic prime.

    • starks3 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Couldn’t we trade Amare to a team that hasn’t used their “get out of a bad contract card” then use it on Amare??

      Woodson has been pretty good, would love to see Jeff Van Gundy back if we have to part ways though.

  7. stayhigh_247 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Damphony had to know that bringing in Woody would be his death kneel. But then again his ego probably got in the way. The Knicks haven’t looked this believable since Van Gundy and thats because of Woody. If they do shop around or try to get Phil, Woody should bolt to Portland or the Clippers because that job will eventually open up..

  8. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Coming from two very talented under-achievers. They both need someone who will kick them in the pants and force them to adjust their games for team chemistry. Sounds to me as though they prefer Woodson because he stroked their egos, and observe as well that the new coach-player honey-moon did not have a chance to wear off before the season ended. He should be less their friend, and perhaps get in their grill to man up against Miami next post season.

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