Mike Woodson: No Contract Extension Talks With Knicks at the Moment

by May 08, 2012

Mike Woodson feigned ignorance when asked about the report earlier today, claiming that he’s negotiating a contract extension with the New York Knicks. Per SNY.tv: “No, I have not. No, I have not. You guys write the articles,’ Woodson said Tuesday prior to Game 5 against the Miami Heat Wednesday in Miami. ‘That’s not true, not at all.’ Asked if he had had general conversations with Knicks owner Jim Dolan about discussing a contract extension, Woodson reiterated, ‘Not at all, not at all.’ […] Phil Jackson and Kentucky coach John Calipari have both been mentioned as potential replacements, but Calipari on Tuesday told the Daily News Woodson would be the team’s coach. ‘Mike Woodson is a dear friend of mine and he is doing an unbelieveable job and he has gotten Carmelo to be the Carmelo he needs to be to win,’ Calipari said. ‘And I got the best job in basketball, in my opinion. You don’t need to make decisions financially, which I did the last time when I went to the Nets. Fifteen million back in 1996, when you’re a kid, is like $30 million now. At Kentucky, you can win championships. And you have a stage that really helps the young people. I’m not going to to the Knicks. Mike Woodson will be your coach.’ Both Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire also endorsed the return of Woodson for next year and beyond.”