Some may feel it was a surprise that New York Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson made it through the entire season.
Given the Knicks struggles this season and Woodson being on the hot seat almost all season long, it made sense that the Knicks would have made a change had owner James Dolan allowed one to happen.
However there’s almost no chance Woodson returns next season and all signs indicate that he knows he is gone.
According to Frank Isola of The New York Daily News, Woodson “knows he’s gone.”
However, a source close to the situation says that Woodson’s assistants, who are all working under one year contracts, have not been given assurances that they will return. It is widely believed that Woodson, who has a contract through next season, will not return. His contact with Jackson has been minimal and a person close to Woodson says the Knicks head coach has been down the last few days, suggesting “that he knows he’s gone.”
If Woodson is fired it is believed that his entire coaching staff will be dismissed as well. That includes Jim Todd, Darrell Walker, Jerry Dunn, David Hopla and LaSalle Thompson. The future of Herb Williams, however, is uncertain.
Woodson has a career coaching record of 314-365 and has never had any playoff success as a head coach, failing to ever make it out of the second round. With the Knicks, Woodson went 108-79, including a disappointing 37-45 effort this season in which he lost his team a long time ago.
Current TNT analyst Steve Kerr is widely considered the frontrunner to replace Woodson if and when he is let go.