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Knicks coach Woodson will have to cancel his vacation if Heat lose to Raptors

Feb 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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

Gregg Popovich locked up the head coaching spot for the Western Conference All-Stars a few days ago, by ensuring that his Spurs will have the best record in the conference after the Feb. 3 deadline has passed.

In the East, however, it’s going to come down to the final day.

After the Knicks put a beating on the embarrassment that is the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, New York found itself with a record of 30-15, just percentage points back of Miami for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Heat sit at 29-14, and play in Toronto on Sunday against the Raptors. If Miami wins, Erik Spoelstra will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars. If they lose, Mike Woodson will have to cancel his vacation.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Woodson said he won’t watch the game and admitted he already has plane reservations for a warm-weather city for the weekend. But he said he would be happy to divert to Houston.

“If Miami happens to slip up and lose [today], we go to Houston to coach the All-Star team,’’ Woodson said. “That will be a great achievement for me. It will be an honor.’’

Woodson would certainly be fine with a midseason vacation, but make no mistake — he’d much rather spend that weekend in Houston.

  1. jobotjones - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Can’t they figure out a better way of doing this?

    Cancellation fees can be a b*tch!!

    • doctorfootball - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Poor guy. Having to pay cancellation fees and only making about 4 million a year. Sad situation…

      • stoudemelo - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Poor guy. Doesn’t understand humor.

      • doctorfootball - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Humor works better when it’s humorous

  2. sportsnut101 - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Just skip the game first 3qtrs n show in the 4th just like the players do

  3. daddyghi - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    proknicks/lakerstalk.nbcsports.com

    • saint1997 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      its a story man. its interesting. the reason they don’t do stories about this happening to the coach of the bobcats or the wizards etc is because they are not up for All-Star coach are they?

  4. jimbroney - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    As a twins fan I couldn’t be happier!

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