Harris DeckerAn interesting theory regarding Mike Woodson surfaced the other day on Twitter. That theory went something like this:
Brian points to a theory that few in the media have discussed. In order to fully understand this theory, it’s important to look back at how we got here in the first place.
When Mike D’Antoni was fired in 2012, then assistant coach Mike Woodson took over in the middle of the season. Most people assumed that Woodson would fill the role until the end of the season, when Glen Grunwald would choose a new leader for the Knicks.
An unlikely run featuring Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony led to Woodson being brought back to be the head coach of the New York Knicks. It seemed very clear that Woodson won his way into that job. If not for Lin, he likely would have been replaced before the 2013-13 season. Woodson then led the Knicks to their first playoff series victory in over 10 years.
Now, Steve Mills sits in a similar position. The Knicks are much worse right now than they were in 2012 under D’Antoni, but it’s possible that Mills is holding on to Woodson for a very good reason. If the Knicks were to fire Woodson, it seems likely that assistant coach Herb Williams would take over for the remainder of the season.
While the Knicks would have low expectations for the rest of 2013-14, there’s always a chance for him to turn it around. That would leave Mills with a decesion that he’d rather not make this summer. By holding onto Woodson until the season ends, he has the ability to fire him and then bring in the coach of his (or James Dolan’s) choosing.
Over the past few years, it seems like the front office has made more bad decisions than good decisions, but if Brian is correct in his theory, not firing Mike Woodson makes a lot of sense right now for Mills, Dolan and the New York Knicks franchise.