Report: Mike Woodson Hired as Knicks’ Assistant Coach

by August 29, 2011


As expected, Mike Woodson is now on Mike D’Antoni’s coaching staff in New York. The Knicks will make the hire official later on today. Reports the NY Post: “The Knicks have hired Mike Woodson as Mike D’Antoni’s defensive assistant and are expected to announce the move later today, according to a person familiar with the situation…Woodson, who coached Atlanta from 2004 to 2010, was a key assistant on Larry Brown’s staff during the Pistons’ 2003-2004 NBA championship run. Woodson, a former Knicks first-round pick, is regarded as having good defensive principles, having learned at the lap of Brown and Bobby Knight at Indiana. Woodson played for Red Holzman in 1980-81. ‘I’m interested,’ Woodson told The Post on Aug. 9. ‘It’s where my NBA career started. I’d like to help Mike and see things continue to grow there.’ D’Antoni has long opposed hiring a defensive assistant when it was first suggested in Phoenix but Knicks management convinced him after the Knicks struggled on the defensive end the past three years.”