You have to be impressed with the job interim head coach Mike Woodson has done with the New York Knicks. Woodson took over the head coaching duties when Mike D’Antoni resigned on March 14, 2012. He inherited a team that was in a downward spiral. The Knicks were in the middle of a six-game losing streak. Nothing was going right for the team.
Then Woodson did his thing. He righted the ship and oiled the machine. The Knicks are 15-5 since Woodson took over. They are on the verge of clinching a spot in the playoffs.
His record speaks for itself. But it doesn’t tell the whole story. Woodson was placed in a difficult spot and he shined. He has done a terrific coaching job.
He has the Knicks playing harder.
He has the Knicks playing defense.
He fixed Carmelo Anthony and maybe his injured groin too.
He brought the Knicks back to life.
Who knows why the Knicks are playing well all of the sudden? After all, these are the same players that D’Antoni had when he was the coach. Maybe the players respect Woodson more because he played in the NBA? Maybe he is a better communicator? Maybe he knows how to get the most out of his players? Whatever he is doing, it’s working. The Knicks are winning. That’s why the Knicks need to make Woodson the permanent head coach. If not, some other team surely will.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.