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NBA: NY Knicks Pick Up Option for Coach Mike Woodson for 2014-15
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NBA: NY Knicks Pick Up Option on Coach Mike Woodson for 2014-15

Sep 30 2013, 10:53pm CDT | by

The New York Knicks picked up an option on head coach Mike Woodson's contract for the 2014-15 NBA season.

The New York Knicks picked up an option on head coach Mike Woodson's contract for the 2014-15 NBA season.  According to Nate Taylor of the New York Times, Woodson was trying to ponder his future...

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NBA: NY Knicks Pick Up Option on Coach Mike Woodson for 2014-15

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The New York Knicks picked up an option on head coach Mike Woodson's contract for the 2014-15 NBA season.

The New York Knicks picked up an option on head coach Mike Woodson's contract for the 2014-15 NBA season. 

According to Nate Taylor of the New York Times, Woodson was trying to ponder his future with the Knicks after the team replaced his longtime friend, Glen Grunwald, with Steve Mills as general manager on Thursday. 

Once Mills was on board, he and Woodson spent a good part of the last four days discussing the Knicks' future. On Monday, Mills made his presence felt as new general manager by picking up Woodson's option for the 2014-15 season on his contract. 

Woodson, who always emphasizes team first, couldn't help but be excited about the opportunity.

"I'm very excited about Mr. Dolan and Steve Mills giving me an opportunity to come back another year. I tried to deal with my situation year to year. It's never been about me in terms of what I do. It's strictly about the team and what we're trying to pursue."

 Mills says he has always held Woodson in high regard, per ESPN New York's Ian Begley, who refuted speculations of the team declining that option should the Knicks perform below expectations this season.  

"I have long respected Mike and think he has done a remarkable job since becoming the head coach of the Knicks. After spending time with him recently, it is clear that picking up his option is an easy decision.

"I had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with Mike Woodson. I watched the team a lot last year. I was happy to see what he was able to do with the team." 

Woodson's record as Knicks mentor speaks for itself. He has posted a 72-34 mark since Mike D'Antoni left New York in March 2012. He promptly guided the Knicks to the Atlantic Division championship in 2012-13 with a 54-28 record, but fell short in six games to the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs.

He also finished third in the race for the NBA's Coach of the Year award and was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for April last season. 

Behind the scenes, Woodson has also done a commendable job in gaining the trust of Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks' superstar, by giving him more freedom on offense.

He has also helped mold the all-around games of young and up-and-coming Knicks such as Iman Shumpert, who makes an impact off the bench for New York.

Woodson was previously the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for six seasons, going 206-286 during that span before getting dismissed after the 2009-2010 NBA season in spite of a 53-29 record.  

 

 
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