Mike Woodson Wants to Coach the Houston Rockets

by April 20, 2011

The former Hawks bench boss really, totally wants Rick Adelman’s old job. Like, seriously. Though, there will be quite a bit of competition for the gig. From Fox Sports: “[Mike] Woodson played for the Rockets from 1988-1991 and still owns a home in Katy. ‘I have big-time interest in it, I mean absolutely,’ Woodson said. ‘It’s a young team that I think has room for growth. I think it’s a team that you add a piece or two here or there and you got a chance to compete in the West. The fact that I’ve had an opportunity to build a young team in Atlanta, I think I fit right in in terms of being able to come right in and coach that team up.’ When Woodson took over the Hawks in 2004 his first team won 13 games. Five years later Atlanta won 53 games, the club’s best season in 13 years. ‘When you’re dealing with young people you’ve got to be able to relate to them,’ Woodson said. ‘When you got 12 different guys on the team that view things sort of differently and as a head coach it’s my job to try to get everybody on the same page and in doing that I’ve got to teach. I can only relate to my past experience here in Atlanta. When I took over that team it was a gutted team. This team is not a gutted team. This team has pretty good personnel right off the bat. I had a young team of 18, 19, 20 year-old young men that I had to teach. We had to do a lot of teaching from a fundamental standpoint in terms of how to play hard and to play at this level.’ In Woodson’s first three years with the Hawks his record was 69-177. His final three years in Atlanta Woodson was 137-109.”