Like him or hate him, New York Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson’s job status for next season isn’t something that’s necessarily guaranteed at the moment.
After the past week’s front office shake ups that has seen Steve Mills shockingly replace Glen Grunwald as the team’s general manager, you have to wonder if Woodson’s seat is extremely hot heading into the 2013-14 season.
Even after putting together their best season since the early 1990′s, it wasn’t good enough to get Woodson a contract extension in the offseason. Despite putting together a 72-34 (.679) regular season record since taking over for Mike D’Antoni, Woodson only owns a 7-10 postseason record with the Knicks and has never taken a team out of the second round of the playoffs.
That simply won’t cut it anymore.
However more importantly to Woodson’s job status is the fact that Mills is now calling the shots instead of Grunwald.
A new GM almost always wants to hire his own coach. We have seen it time and time again in almost every sport and I don’t feel this situation will turn out to be any different.
Woodson’s contract is guaranteed for this season. But the Knicks have a team option for next season. So to say that Woodson’s job status is a bit shaky at the moment would be an understatement.
An incumbent head coach under a new regime is something that never works out.
It would almost take something special out of Woodson to think he would be back next season.
And with Miami still the class of the league and the likes of Indiana, Chicago and Brooklyn all improved heading into the season, the Knicks are going to have a dog fight on their hands to finish in the top four in the Eastern Conference. That’s not to say they can’t do it, but it certainly won’t be easy.
However the regular season likely won’t determine Woodson’s job status for the following season, it will be how he performs in the postseason,
He’s never shown he can get it done when it counts and I don’t know why this year should be any different for him.
If he doesn’t though it could ultimately cost him his job. Right now his seat is much hotter than it was at this time just one week ago.