Immediately after being fired by the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson made it clear that he was not done being an NBA head coach.
Unfortunately for Woodson that won’t happen this season.
There was very little interest in Woodson among teams that had head coaching vacancies and Woodson ultimately accepted a job with the Los Angeles Clippers as an assistant coach under Doc Rivers.
Bringing Woodson in is a great move by Rivers and the Clippers as he should add a major boost to the Clippers coaching staff in a secondary role with less pressure than he had in New York.
Woodson, who spent six years as the head coach with the Atlanta Hawks, was hired as head coach by the Knicks in March of 2012. Over the next two-plus seasons, he compiled a 109-79 record but was only able to win one playoff series in 2012-13.
Then came the disastrous 2013-14 campaign where the Knicks finished a disappointing 37-45.
Woodson was on the hot seat all season and it seemed like he ultimately lost the respect of the locker room. Finally he was let go in the offseason and was replaced by rookie head coach Derek Fisher.
Yet a talented team like the Clippers could benefit from a veteran coaching staff and Woodson should do very well in his new role.