HoopsHype Mike Woodson rumors

April 16, 2014 Updates

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.” New York Daily News

The future of Herb Williams, however, is uncertain. Williams joined the Knicks coaching staff days after Jeff Van Gundy resigned in Dec. 2001 and has worked on the staffs of Don Chaney, Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, Mike D’Antoni and now Woodson. New York Daily News

April 15, 2014 Updates

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he hasn’t been kept abreast of the Lamar Odom negotiations, but wishes they had signed the forward for this season. Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks before the season finale on a deal with a second, non-guaranteed year. Odom would not play this season, but would begin to work out under the auspices of the team during the offseason. New York Post

“His name came up, but nothing ever materialized,’’ Woodson said of Odom. “But his name did come up. “I like him,’’ Woodson added. “I like Lamar. I don’t know much about it, but from what I hear from [the media]. I think he’s a talent. He could’ve been good for us earlier. He does a lot of things on the floor that help you win basketball games, that’s for sure.’’ New York Post

April 14, 2014 Updates

Knicks coach Mike Woodson on Sunday shouldered blame for his team's lack of achievement this season, apologizing to the club's fan base ahead of the team's game against Chicago. "We didn't get it done, and at the end of the day as the coach, I just have to apologize to the fans," the 56-year-old said a day after the Knicks had been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. Wall Street Journal

April 10, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson’s been around the Knicks this week. But he hasn’t been as “hands-on” with the team as some expected him to be. “He’s letting me coach. That’s all you can ask at this point,” Mike Woodson said after practice on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, we’re trying to get this team in the playoffs and I’m sure when the time comes for Phil and I to talk we’ll talk.” ESPN.com

“I gather he’s kind of staying out of the way and letting me do my thing in terms of trying to get this team in the playoffs,” Woodson said. “That’s OK. I’m sure when the time comes he and I’ll have a chance to sit down and talk and see where we are. But first things first, guys, make no mistake about it, we’re in a playoff race trying to get this eighth spot. That’s where everybody’s focus should be.” ESPN.com

April 4, 2014 Updates

For Woodson, however, making the playoffs means much more. His job is on the line. “No playoffs, no Woody,” one league source told SheridanHoops. “Without question he’s fired (if they miss the playoffs),” one Eastern Conference scout also told SheridanHoops. SheridanHoops

April 3, 2014 Updates

Derek Fisher on Wednesday denied rumors that he’s been targeted as a potential replacement for New York coach Mike Woodson. “I congratulated (Knicks president Phil Jackson) and we’ve spoken,” Fisher said. “But he hasn’t said anything to me about it, and I haven’t said anything to him about it. And so the reports that I have been reported to about, I’ve found them pretty funny myself because it’s not something that’s happened directly between the people that are being mentioned.” Oklahoman

“That is not in my radar or in my scope or anything that I’ve thought about, even coaching in general,” Fisher said. “I think I’ve been pretty consistent with not really having that decided in terms of what’s next, absolutely. I’m so committed to being a player that it’s even hard to see myself doing some other things in particular, coaching or something that puts me on the other side of the sideline so quickly. I have a lot of respect for the profession. I think there are a lot of great coaches and great men out there, and great women, that do a phenomenal job. But for me it’s just, I picked that number on my jersey for a reason. And until that’s concluded, I haven’t spent a lot of time in terms of what my definite pursuit’s going to be after that.” Oklahoman

March 26, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson was in the stands sitting with other Knicks executives as Mike Woodson put his team through shootaround Tuesday morning. Jackson didn't address the team or "say much," according to Woodson, whose future as the Knicks' coach is in doubt, especially with a new president on board. "Until I'm able to sit down with Phil and see the direction he wants to go, all I can do is continue to coach and continue to do the best job I can," Woodson said. Newsday

March 24, 2014 Updates
March 22, 2014 Updates

Woodson, after a 16-1 Sixers’ run, finally got his main group back in the final 33 seconds, just in time to save the Knicks from an unthinkable loss that would have been all on the coach. The Knicks hung on, 93-92 and pulled within three games of the eighth seed with the Hawks losing at home to New Orleans. “They scared the hell out of us,’’ Woodson said afterward. New York Post

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