HoopsHype Mike Woodson rumors

December 12, 2014 Updates

That's why Bill Smith, the former Broad Ripple coach who died at age 72 on Nov. 30, qualifies as one of the great ones. Forget all those winning records throughout his 23 seasons there. Forget, even, the state championship in 1980, when the Rockets pulled off the rare feat of an IPS school winning the title in the single-class system and he became the first black coach to lead an integrated team all the way. He should be remembered the way George Hill and Mike Woodson remember him. They were the greatest of his players, career bookends who went on to have successful NBA careers. Woodson played for Smith early in his coaching career, Hill at the very end of it. They don't remember him as a coach. He was much more than that to them. “He kind of made me who I am today,” Hill said. “He gave me the fire, he gave me the strength to believe in myself.” Said Woodson: “He came into my life at a certain time when I really needed somebody.” NBA.com

November 4, 2014 Updates

It was apparent by Week 2 that Mike Woodson, then the team’s coach, was holding everything together with duct tape and bubble gum, and then things really got out of hand. The constant losing. The constant questions about Woodson’s job security. The constant speculation over Anthony’s future with the team, which he did little to address. “From Day 1 last year, the energy was just not right,” Anthony said, adding: “It was deeper than us just coming out here and losing basketball games. For whatever reason, it happened. We looked at that, and the organization looked at that, and made some great changes in that direction.” New York Times

September 29, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that the team has added Sam Cassell, Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson as assistant coaches to the staff of Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. The trio joins current assistant coaches Armond Hill and Brendan O’Connor as well as assistant player skills coaches JP Clark and Dave Severns on the bench. “We have an impressive and experienced group of coaches who are excited to get to work,” Rivers said. “Mike and Lawrence have enjoyed tremendous success as head coaches and Sam is someone who I coached as a player and respected as an assistant with the Wizards. I am excited to continue to work with the entire staff as we prepare for the season.” NBA.com

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The Clippers are also close to finalizing their coaching staff. Former New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson joined Rivers' coaching staff, which lost three assistant coaches this offseason, in July. He is expected to be joined by Sam Cassell, who was let out of his contract with the Washington Wizards last month, and Lawrence Frank, who is still under contract with the Brooklyn Nets. ESPN.com

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With Gentry leaving, and with Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman becoming the team's vice president of basketball operations, Coach Doc Rivers has two position to fill on his bench. Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank and former New York Knicks Coach Mike Woodson are being considered for the Clippers' openings. But it looks doubtful that Frank will join the Clippers because he's still earning $1 million per season over the next five years from the Nets. Los Angeles Times

Rivers now has two assistant coach openings on his staff after Gentry's departure and Kevin Eastman's promotion to the Clippers' front office. The Clippers are considering hiring former NBA head coaches Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank, who coached under Rivers with the Boston Celtics, for their openings, a source said. Rivers was supportive of Gentry's decision to go to Golden State, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

May 19, 2014 Updates
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As the Knicks continue pursuing Steve Kerr to be their new coach, their old one is hoping to get back in the game. Mike Woodson, whom the Knicks fired April 21, said he wants to coach next season. "My interest right now is still coaching," Woodson said during a phone interview promoting his golf tournament in Las Vegas in July. "I enjoy doing it. I've been doing it for the last 20-plus years and I love the NBA." Newsday

May 5, 2014 Updates

Since he was let go as coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson has been working as an analyst for NBA TV and putting together some of the final details for his Coach Woodson Invitational, a three-day golf outing in Las Vegas to benefit the Nations of Coaches program. But he has also been focused on something else. “Keeping my eyes on coaching,” Woodson said during a phone interview to promote his golf tournament. “I want to get back into coaching. So that’s my next move. So we’ll see what happens. … That’s a big goal. That’s what I’m going to push to do, absolutely.” ESPN.com

April 28, 2014 Updates

Mike Woodson hopes there is another coaching job for him following his departure from the Knicks. "I've got to move on and close the chapter in this book and get ready for a new chapter because I still want to coach, and I love what I do," Woodson said Saturday night while working as an analyst on NBA TV. "The last two years, prior to coming into this season, was a good two seasons for our ball club and for our fans, and this year things just didn't work out. "Sometimes in life, things just don't work out according to plan. But I look at it, overall it was a good run and it was a great experience for me from a coaching standpoint." New York Daily News

April 27, 2014 Updates

Ex-Knicks coach Mike Woodson will likely be looking for another coaching job at some point. If the allegations regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling are true, Woodson says he has no interest in coaching the Clippers. "No. If this comes out to be true, no, absolutely not,” Woodson said on NBA TV on Saturday. “But again we’ve got to let this unfold and see where we are with it." ESPN.com

Woodson agreed with the idea that if the allegations are true, Sterling should be suspended. "I think it needs to be a suspension if it plays out [as alleged]," Woodson said. "As we sit here today, it’s just sad that an owner would even stoop that low to do something like that. ... I hope that’s not the case." Woodson also expressed support for Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “I think it’s a sad day in sports,” said Woodson. “It really is. I truly feel for Doc. If one guy can get his team over the hump, it’s Doc Rivers." ESPN.com

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Last time Mike Woodson got dismissed as head coach, by Atlanta, he was unable to immediately land another head job. He instead joined the Knicks as Mike D’Antoni’s defensive assistant for the 2012 lockout season, getting promoted to the head job when D’Antoni resigned with 24 games left in the season. While Woodson could take next season off as he’s due $3.4 million on the final year of his contract, he may investigate current vacancies, specifically the one in Detroit. New York Post

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