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As expected, Knicks retain Woodson with multiyear contract

May 25, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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I hope you like iso ‘Melo Knicks fans.

The New York Knicks announced late Friday that coach Mike Woodson has been given a multiyear contract extension to continue as coach of the team. The details of the years and money are not yet known. This move was expected after Woodson turned the team around to go 18-6 to close out the season and make the playoffs, and also got Carmelo Anthony to hustle consistently.

“I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career,” Woodson said in a released statement. “Our goal is to build off the success we had at the end of last season and to continue our quest of bringing an NBA championship to Madison Square Garden.”

Woodson took over the Knicks midseason after Mike D’Antonio was fired. D’Antoni struggled to get the Knicks to play his way, while Woodson got the Knicks to focus more on defense, while choosing to run the offense through Carmelo Anthony. Which made ‘Melo happy. Frankly, Woodson just did what Carmelo wanted but he got it to work and the Knicks won enough games to make the playoffs.

With the Knicks GM Glen Grunwald being a college teammate of Woodson, and with other ties including to Isiah Thomas, Woodson was expected to get an extension after the run the team had to end the season.

While it had been rumored that owner James Dolan would go after big fish like Phil Jackson and John Calipari, either the Knicks got shot down through back channels or chose not to pursue it.

Doesn’t matter why it happened. Knicks fans, the isolation heavy team you loved will be back next season.

  1. knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I know how next season is going to end. One and done. Knicks will never win a championship with (1) Woodson at the helm, (2) Melo free to chuck up as many bricks as he wants and (3) Isiah Thomas lurking in the shadows.

    • doctorfootball - May 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Does your statement come from Michael Knight or K.I.T.T.? I agree that the Knicks chances of winning a championship with Woodson probably aren’t great. That said, your second statement about Melo being free to “chuck up as many bricks as he wants”, is just plain idiotic. Melo is always among the top scorers in the league. So those “bricks” go in a lot.

      • knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        Those that go in do so because he throws up a ton of them. If you put up as many shots as he does you could probably make some too. The point of the matter is that if Melo is busy chucking up shots what are the rest of his teammates doing? Melo can score 40 or more, as he often does, and the Knicks still lose the game. It’s not just about scoring. Ask Bernard King, George Gervin and ask to see their rings. It’s about accepting the concept of “team” and not the concept of how many bricks I can chuck up on any given night. That being said, you’re right, Melo is one of the top scorers in the league. But until he can win an MVP, make it to the finals, win a championship and make other players around him better, what does it all mean? Answer: Nada!

      • censoredpost - May 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        You went all “turbo boost” on him.

  2. alldonesmith - May 25, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I like Mike Woodson, he is a good defensive coach and seems like a decent guy. But watching him coach the Hawks all those years, I just don’t think he’s championship head coach material. It’s too bad for Knicks fans, because after so many years of suffering they deserve to field a contender for once.

    In the end though, it doesn’t really matter whether Woodson could lead a team to a title or not, because no team with Carmelo Anthony playing significant minutes will ever get a ring. Period.

    • doctorfootball - May 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      That could also be because he didn’t have championship player material in Atlanta. I’m not a big Woodson fan, but the Hawks record got better every year that he was there. And that team, even though it makes the playoffs seemingly every year, does not have championship caliber players. Only Atlanta was dumb enough to give Joe Johnson 120 mil.

      • knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 9:13 PM

        Yeah and only the Knicks were dumb enough to give Stoudemire $100 million, uninsured. Personally I don’t think the Knicks have championship material unless you want to boast of Chandler’s accomplishment. Chandler is overrated and disappeared in the Heat series. The rest of the Knicks have never tasted a Final, not even Woodson, when he was playing.

    • starks3 - May 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      They said the same thing about Rick Carlisle at Detroit and Indy, then he won a ring with Dallas

      • abchome - May 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Are you kidding? Carlisle won COY the first year as Piston head coach, lead them to conference final the next year. Indiana was a top team under Carlisle and had the NBA’s best regular season record the year before the brawl.

  3. eflem80 - May 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    The whole “Melo shoots too much” crap has been said by haters for generations. It was said about MJ, it was said about Kobe after Shaq left, & it was said about Iverson. Yes, I know Iverson didn’t win it all but he did get there with a starting lineup I dare any of u to name today without googling it. I also remember everyone saying Phil who? After Jordan ran Phil Collins outta Chicago & hired the then unknown Phil Jackson. Doc rivers was fired in Orlando…now he’s considered one of the best if not the best coach in the league. This is a very smart move by the Knicks. It establishes stability….which is something they’ve lacked for years. With their 1st full training camp together without any questions about the roster or the coach along with health…Knicks will easily be top 3 in the east & will be in the ECF vs the Heat next season.

    • knightrider1755 - May 25, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Stop drinking the kool-aid.

    • acdc363 - May 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Melo shoots too much.

  4. eshine76 - May 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I like Woodson, but the guy who got him hired I’d the guy who will get him fired

  5. monkeyhateclean - May 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Has anyone ever seen Mike Woodson and Mike Brown together?

  6. mungman69 - May 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Knicks need more than a head coach. Boy, they have a lot of problems.

  7. heyjohnnyfive - May 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Good hire. Sure they have more problems elsewhere, but at least it’s not with the head coach.

  8. abchome - May 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Great! They will be in playoffs again next year…

    • knightrider1755 - May 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Yep, and they will not make out of the first round.

  9. allball23 - May 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Good choice first time they will have a full training camp with the same core of the team. If they can sign nash and they are able to get LO here and he remebers how to play bball again this can be a very dangerous team. Top 3 team in the east and could get to the confrence finals

  10. bossaliniee - May 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Maybe if they had another quality consistence scorer’ besides Melo or they could run a pick and root that actually worked,Melo wouldn’t have to carry the load often. Melo has not a lick of help,he came over to play with the dude that punch glass and we seen what he did (trade bait).This team runs threw Melo, quit with the bashing, Dum article.

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