The Knicks have picked up Mike Woodson’s option for the 2014-2015 season.
“I have long respected Mike and think he has done a remarkable job since becoming the head coach of the Knicks,” new GM Steve Mills said in a statement. “After spending time with him recently, it is clear that picking up his option is an easy decision.”
Woodson is 72-34 since taking over the team in 2011-2012, which currently stands as the second-best winning percentage in team history (.679).
He was named the interim head coach in March 2012 after Mike D’Antoni’s resignation. He became the full-time head coach on May 25, 2012.
Harris DeckerThis makes a lot of sense for the Knicks for a number of reasons. First, it settles the debate that would have raged in the media about whether Glen Grunwald’s absence means Woodson would be on the hot seat all year. Second, it gives Woodson some job security beyond the current season, avoiding the “lame duck coach” tag.
Finally, it makes sense because the team has won under Woodson. He’s got a great winning percentage and deserves to be this teams coach for the foreseeable future.