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Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 12:55 pm  |  40 responses

Hawks, Woodson Part Ways

NBA.com has news of one of the least surprising coach firings of all time. Happy trails, Woody: “The Hawks parted ways with Mike Woodson Friday morning, ending his coaching tenure with the franchise after six seasons. Woodson was informed in a Friday morning meeting with Hawks’ management that that he would not be offered a new contract after leading the Hawks to three straight playoff appearances in his final three seasons. The team is expected to make an official announcement this afternoon. Woodson’s contract expired Monday, forcing the Hawks to make a quick decision. Woodson is now free to explore his options with a half dozen coaching vacancies around the league, while the Hawks embark on a search of their own for his replacement. Woodson led the Hawks to 37, 47 and 53 wins in his final three seasons and back-to-back appearances in the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they were swept both times. The Hawks won just 13 games in his first season, 2004-05, but improved their record in each of his five seasons after that. He finished with a 206-286 record (.419). Woodson’s 11-18 postseason record, though, is what ultimately cost him his job with the Hawks. He guided the Hawks to their first playoff appearance in more than a decade three seasons ago, when the Hawks pushed the eventual champion Boston Celtics to seven games in a first-round series.”

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  • slamfan4life

    chitown!

  • slamfan4life

    Chi-Town BULLS!!!!!!

  • slamfan4life

    why wont my comments show up………BULLS!

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    the man gave up his hair and his eyebrows for this organization and this is how they repay him? shameful.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Gotta resoectfully disagree, slamfan4life. I don’t want Woodson coaching the Bulls. Not much of an upgrade over Del Negro, IMO.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *respectfully

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @slamfan4life… Please, no. Not him.

  • Myung

    If I’m understanding you correctly, slamfan, are you a Bulls fan who wants Mike Woodson as coach?

  • riggs

    word to chiqo, woody isnt the problem imo.

  • slamfan4life

    You guys can’t tell me he’s not a good coach, look how far he took them

    He’s not my #1 option (Scott) but Woodson wouldn’t be a bad guy to coach Chi

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Its not his fault.. The Hawks need to shake-up their starting line up this summer. Have had the same team for a few years and yes they are good enough to get to playoffs. But not good enough to do anything once there.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Hawks are the Utah Jazz of the east.. But without the hof coach. and all the mormons.

  • Myung

    How many of you guys who say Mike Woodson is not that bad a coach actually Hawks fans? How many games have you seen this man coach? If the only things you see are “47 wins last year and 53 wins this year” and you equate that with “good coach,” then… I’ve got nothing for you. I’ve seen pretty much every game this man has coached. He is not a good head coach. Is he the worst coach in the League? Probably not. I mean, we’ve had Lon Kruger and Terry Stotts, and I think they were worse than him. But is he someone you want as your coach? By all means, if you want him, please exhort your GM’s to sign him (you’ve been warned). All I know is, Chicago’s future is SUPER BRIGHT. You’ve got the lure of a big city, you’ve got history (6 rings), you’ve got Rose and Noah, Gibson and Johnson, and you’ve got tons of cap room. Do you really want to hire Mike Woodson? I can assure you he is no better than VDN. Signing (potentially) LeBron and/or Bosh and pairing them with Rose and Noah and having them coached by Mike Woodson is like being hungry, having a can of food, and having no can opener. Bulls fans, you are going to get a GREAT head coach. This means you guys will not hire Mike Woodson. And you should be grateful.

  • DS44

    Do Not fire a man who sacrifices his eyebrows for his team,that’s messed up hawks!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @ slamfan4life – to be fair, I haven’t catched enough Hawks games over the past few years (I was slumming it, cable-less for a while) to truly make an informed analysis of dude, but I’ve heard many an ATLien grumble about their now ex-coach much the same way we used to do with Del Negro. The fact of the matter is, we need a coach than can maximize our players’ potentials, get us past the first-round AND entice a LeBron/Wade/Bosh to sign with us this summer, and I just don’t think Woodson is that dude.

  • Shem

    Woodson isn’t the problem, the Hawks inconsistency mostly on the offensive end, lack of desire on defense is the problem. They have great players but you could see throughout the year that guys like Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford, Mike Bibby didn’t really “want it”. Orlando and La in the finals for the 2nd time around will be a lot more interesting than the first

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @ Myung – damn, my chest just swoll up reading your comment. You just made me even prouder of being a Bulls fan…yo, you ever thought of being a motivational speaker?

  • vtrobot

    @ DS44: chiqo said it better (and, more importantly, earlier). i don’t think you should want woody for your head coach. isn’t a big reason why the number of wins increased each year because the players got better and learned to play better together and gained confidence and experience during the playoffs, and started to play smarter (josh), and got the 6th man of the year? i usually undervalue the amount of impact that coaching can have on the success of a team (20% – 30%?), but how much credit can woody really personally take for the win increases over the years?

  • Myung

    Enigmatic, no. haha. but man, you guys are in great shape. I could literally see ORL and CHI in the Eastern Finals next year IF LeBron decides to play there. I honestly have no idea why he WOULDN’T sign with Chicago. It is the best situation for him.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    I don’t get why Chicago is the best place for LeBron? I understand they have Derrick Rose, but is Rose and Noah better than Lopez and Harris on the Nets? Or Lopez and Wall and whoever you get in a Devin Harris trade?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Rose is defintely, without a doubt better than Devin Harris, and he’s only getting better. Noah vs. Lopez is debatable though. I’ll say this, Lopez could never match Noah’s hustle and heart, but Lopez is more talented.

  • http://bugshots.info LeoneL

    Thus begin the Atlanta eyebrow curse…

  • capostat

    Look @ Al Horford’s reaction on the side…>

  • Myung

    Tim, I think if Bron chooses Jersey or the Clippers, he’s basically saying, “I can take a city’s 2nd team, and I can make them the city’s #1 team.” It’s a middle finger to the Lakers and Knicks, and I’d certainly applaud him for having the balls to make such a move. But to answer your question, I think the Bulls have more young pieces in place to win a title (James Johnson, Taj Gibson, Noah, Rose) compared to Jersey, they have better history (which plays some part in attracting free agents), they have a better arena, and the city is a better media platform than Jersey. It is a close call though. If Jersey gets Wall, if they bring in Coach Cal (who, apparently LeBron likes a lot), if the Russian billionaire opens up his pockets and is willing to sign everyone, and if they move to Brooklyn, then I agree with you… all of a sudden, Jersey becomes a great destination for him. I think it all starts with the Draft Lottery next week. We’ll see where Wall ends up, and that should start the domino effect.

  • Dirtybird

    BossTerry, I’d take that as a compliment as being the Jazz of the east, they’ll have a way to go for that.

  • http://www.mauricegarland.com Maurice Garland

    if Sheed’s favorite quote is “Ball don’t lie”…then Woodson’s is “Ball don’t move”.

    We had absolutely no O under Woodson.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    Imagine a lineup of Chris Kaman, Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin and LeBron James.

  • Myung

    My Facebook status: “Mike Brown and Mike Woodson. Two peas in a pod. Two head coaches whose only offensive sets were “Iso my best player.” Two guys whose teams won games in spite of themselves. Two guys who share the same first name and head shape. Two guys who are both out of jobs on the same day. It would only be fitting if a team picked both of these guys up as a tandem.”

  • Myung

    Imagine a line up of Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, LeBron James, Josh Smith, and Al Horford. Just saying. ;)

  • Diesel

    @Tadone – I like that lineup, I just don’t think he’ll want to play in a city where he has to share the spotlight with the lakers and Kobe.

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    Wonder how many coaches have been fired after improving the team’s record in five straight seasons. Not that sad that he’s gone; fresh starts are good. Just wondering aloud-ish.

  • Klemperer

    Where is Lawrence Frank!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @dirty bird.. It wasnt meant to be insulting.. Just 2 teams that pretty much keep the same line-up.. Always make the playoffs. and even advance to the 2nd round. But everyone knows they have no hope against the big dogs of their respective confriance.. Wel’ve seen these teams build and mature. but sometimes change is needed..

  • mj23

    Please don’t insult me. Bulls don’t need Woodson when they can get Calipari. Woodson was part of the problem in Hotlanta. He has no idea on how to design plays on offense. Myung is right on point, “Mike Brown and Mike Woodson. Two peas in a pod.” Like I said before the two worst coaches in the playoffs are the 2 Mikes (Brown and Woodson).

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Does this mean hes finally gonna explain lack of eyebrows

  • Sparker

    sticking w the hawks… but also kind of not… ever since sam mitchell got fired… and everyone was sure the raptors were going to get better… because he sucked as an in-game coach… and they actually got worse… i’ve become extremely wary of teams that automatically assume that they’ve been playing under their potential. talent’s talent, chemistry’s something else. woody was doing SOMETHING right, obviously. who says the next guy will too?

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Carlos

    Lang, what’s your take? Interested to hear whether you like this or not, since you’re a die-hard for ATL. We know there are better coaches out there but can the ATL get any of them right now?

  • http://www.aragingbull.com Tony ‘Dizz’ Grier

    Mike Woodson will land on his feet. He is somewhat of a different(coaching)personality but still led his way into the bright side of the profession. It was time for a change in Atlanta. Best of luck…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The talent was there for this team to win a chip this year.. I’m just saying.

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