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If Knicks' Next Coach Isn't Mike Woodson, It Should Only Be Phil Jackson
Multiple reports surfaced on Tuesday that the New York Knicks had begun negotiations with interim head coach Mike Woodson in getting the ball rolling to naming him the next permanent coach of the franchise.
It comes as a surprise to almost no one that the Knicks are prepared to give Woodson to full-time gig. The former Atlanta Hawks coach came on this season as an assistant under Mike D'Antoni with the task of helping improve the team's lackluster defense. New York's defense improved markedly, certainly boosted as well by the acquisition od eventual Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. But when D'Antoni resigned (or was shown the door or was pushed out by Carmelo Anthony depending on who you believe), Woodson took over and led the Knicks to an 18-6 record down the stretch, securing the team's second consecutive playoff berth. This past weekend, Woodson became the first Knicks coach since Jeff Van Gundy in 2001 to lead the team to a playoff victory.