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Report: Knicks near long-term deal to keep Woodson as coach

May 22, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

New York Knicks coach Woodson reacts during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff against Miami Heat in Miami Reuters

Looks like iso-Melo will be alive and well in New York.

It’s not unexpected, but it appears the Knicks are nearing a long-term deal to keep Mike Woodson on as head coach, reports Al Iannazzone at Newsday.

The Knicks officially are expected to remove the interim label from Mike’s title this week, according to multiple sources. The two sides are working on a long-term deal, the sources said, and something could be done within the next couple of days….

Woodson, who had discussions about a contract extension with Knicks management during the playoffs, received strong endorsements from general manager and former University teammate Glen Grunwald toward the end of the season. Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler all backed Woodson’s return.

The conventional wisdom had been that Knicks owner James Dolan would go after a bigger name coach this summer — Phil Jackson and John Calipari were the rumored targets. Whether those two shot down the idea or not through back channels, the fact is the Knicks were 18-6 under Woodson and won one playoff game, which is more than they had done in their previous couple trips to the post seasons. Plus, if the last few days around the NBA has shown anything it’s that your star player needs to like the coach, and ‘Melo played hard for Woodson.

That said, the Knicks are a long way from fielding a contender and you can wonder if Woodson is the guy who can get the most out of the roster. His teams got better each year he was the head coach in Atlanta, but his isolation heavy offense was shut down in the playoffs. We’ll see if that is different with the Knicks.

  1. acdc363 - May 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    For real this time!

  2. eflem80 - May 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Well deserved. Players responded to him, good defensive theories, fits the team. Give a full offseason with this squad & should big things for next season. He Atlanta 50 win team & their a less talented team in my opinion.

    • knightrider1755 - May 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Another one of Isiah’s boys. Good luck.

  3. blueblood86 - May 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    They won’t make it past round 1 with him.

  4. bknowledge - May 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Knicks need to trade Amare or stock up on fire extinguishers…

  5. mungman69 - May 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Just don’t shoot anybody.

  6. pistolpete0903 - May 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    The Knicks might throw some eye-brows to sweeten the deal!!!

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