Yesterday I speculated the future of New York Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson.
With a new general manager in place in Steve Mills and the Knicks shockingly yet to extend Woodson’s contract, it is likely to assume that Woodson’s seat is pretty warm at the moment.
Today, Mills did the smart thing by picking up the 2014-15 team option on Woodson.
The move is smart on Mills’ part for two reasons.
First of all you never want to enter a season with a lame duck coach on the final year of his deal.
Secondly, the move ensures that Woodson will remain under contract for the next two years, and will no longer be on an expiring deal this season.
That gives Mills some room to evaluate Woodson over the next couple years.
The Knicks picking up Woodson’s option for next season by no means makes his seat cooler. A new GM is still going to want his coach in place, but it gives Woodson a chance to make his case for the job long-term without having to worry about whether or not his option would be picked up.
It was a smart move by Mills (I think that is the first time I have ever written that) and a necessary move.
Woodson, who replaced Mike D’Antoni as the Knicks’ head coach in 2011/12, has compiled a 72-34 (.679) record with the team so far, though New York hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs in either of his two seasons.