As it has been rumored for the past few days, it looks like the interim tag will be officially removed from Mike Woodson’s name, as a report says that James Dolan is prepared to offer Woodson the full-time coaching position.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, two people familiar with the situation have said that the Knicks owner has told Woodson that he will be re-signed and will become the team’s permanent head coach.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 9, 2012
There were plenty of rumors since Mike D’Antoni stepped down in March about former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson becoming the next head coach, but according to Berman, the Knicks didn’t even bother reaching out to Jackson because he didn’t seem to be interested in the position.
A source reported that Jackson actually wanted Woodson to get the job because Woodson was drafted by Jackson’s mentor Red Holzman.
It looks like the owner is happy with the job that Woodson has done, finishing the regular season with an 18-6 record and winning the first postseason game for the franchise since 2001.
Although it is unclear what type of contract offer he might receive, Berman suggests that a three-year deal is possible.
The Knicks played more like the team everyone expected them to be down the stretch and that is despite a rash of injuries that forced stars Amar’e Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and Tyson Chandler to miss games.
New York has also been without guard Iman Shumpert in its series against the Heat, so Woodson has had plenty of adversity to deal with.
If Woodson has the opportunity to start fresh next season with healthy stars in Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire, Chandler and Lin, it will be extremely interesting to see what he can do.
This season hasn’t gone according to plan, but with Woodson seemingly back in the fold, there just may be light at the end of the tunnel after all.