Mike Woodson expects to return after All-Star Break

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Despite multiple reports that he could be on his way out, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he expects to return after the All-Star break.

“Unless you guys know something I don’t know, the only thing I can say is, I’m going to be back,” Woodson said Monday after the Knicks didn’t practice at their Westchester facility because they only had five healthy bodies.

Reports in both the Daily News and SheridanHoops.com indicated Woodson could soon lose his job — possibly by the All-Star break.

The Knicks are 20-31 entering Wednesday’s game against Sacramento.

“Unless you guys know something, I’m the coach of the Knicks and that’s all I know at this point,” Woodson said.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.





77 comments
Mark Terrin
Mark Terrin

HE is trying to be polite,but he is counting down the days till he is a UFA,Then Brenden Shanahan can throw the Canadian Gross National Product @ him to bring him back to Toronto.The sooner Wang is gone the better.The 2 new owners of the Islanders better lock him up long term.Especially because in 2-3 years when Brooklyn bombs,and they return to LI.

Peter Alcock
Peter Alcock

Ha ya...along with Stamkos, and just like Gretzky did. You're an idiot. He said himself last night that he's not going to Toronto.

jethrono9
jethrono9

JTs no. 5 quote, 

'I felt this year we had a team, built to to go far,' yeah, and the Ford Edsel was built to go far also, is he kidding? With this coaching staff, but he has to say that, he is the Co. man.

Rich Green
Rich Green

TSN 1050 is a Toronto station - it doesn't represent the entire nation. Please edit your header to "TSN 1050 in Toronto."

bosstrots1
bosstrots1

From Light House hockey on what I have been saying about Franz Nielsen all year long:


:Well, Frans Nielsen is 31. The typical NHL player peaks around age 25. In short, Frans is at the age when it is fairly typical for a player to decline. And the numbers show such a decline. He's just not the same player as he was -- he was once a very good, if not elite defensive forward, capable of driving play forward even on teams that were being outshot otherwise.

Now, at best he seems to be average, and there's definitely evidence suggesting he's relying upon better linemates to be playing well (Grabovski and Strome, to name two this season). Frans' role hasn't changed; his performance certainly has."

bosstrots1
bosstrots1

@slapshot18_rs  I don't expect him to be back, his good rep and low salary should be great trade bait for a contender at the cap ceiling who needs a cheap, dependable veteran. Franz and Okposo are 2 guys we should not be giving long term deals to if we want to maintain our healthy Cap position.

John Falcone
John Falcone

We should be keeping KO, as he could have had a great year had it not been for the detached retina, and he's still relatively young. I like Frans, but he along with Grabner and Bailey should be trade bait for a big, fast winger to play with JT and Strome.

doc942
doc942

@bosstrots1 Frans is 31 and in the decline because he's over 25... but wait!!! didn't Frans have his best season just one year ago when he was 30?  That doesn't make sense.


I think he was not completely healthy this year, and I think he still has a couple of good years ahead of him.


However, if he can be packaged with something to get something, I am not opposed.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

@bosstrots1  Frans is coming off a career best season in all categories last year. This year he battled injuries all season. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and see what a healthy Frans can do

shamwow
shamwow

@rmvacation

A few more interesting things about the number 29:

The GM who traded the 29th pick? His team was in the Stanley Cup Finals last season...

And the GM who subsequently traded the 29th pick for 2 Secound Round picks? His team is in the Stanley Cup Finals this season...

As for the GM who selected Ho-Sang 29th overall? His team hasn't won a single Playoff series during the 9 years he's been GM...

Oh, and 29 is the sum total of years Chuck Wang as owner (15 yrs), Snow as GM (9 yrs) and Cappy as coach (5 yrs) have gone without winning a single Playoff series...

THANKS guys.

jethrono9
jethrono9

@bosstrots1

Also he has declined in his ability to score on the SO goals, without them he is mostly useless

rmvacation
rmvacation

@boss- I would trade him this off season when his low cap number while playing a solid third line center is at greatest value.

He has been a great islander, but sentiment is a bad thing with the salary cap. His value isn't increasing, and I see him getting in the way of Strome and Nelson getting better.

JT is your top line center, Cizikas is your fourth line center. Put Strome in the two spot, Nelson in the three spot and Grabbo can slide into either spot when necessary. Both Nelson and Strome have a full season on their skates, time to saddle up.

Interesting thing- the number 29 pick in the 2014 draft, the Rangers moved it Tampa for MSL. who moved it for 2 seconds to the Isles, who drafted Joshua Ho-Sang.. THANKS guys.

rmvacation
rmvacation

@ Scott- Why? He is 31, and he isn't getting better with age. Odds are very much against him being better next season, or better the season after that..

He is a solid third line center, at a very low cap number in an environment where those 2 things are very, very valuable to the more then handful of teams with cap issues..

This isn't an indictment of Frans. The annoyingly successful Patriots get rid of a player 1 year to soon, vs 1 year too late.. Trading Frans might be moving him a year too soon. But that is better then resigning him and realizing it was an error 1 year too late.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

curious to see how he performs next season.  the majority of the second half of the season, he was described as playing through a lower body injury -- hard to gauge how much that did or didn't affect his play.

Matt Rogers
Matt Rogers

@bosstrots1 It would be nice if we could delete stupid comments. Unfortunately, then no one would be able to see your true stupidity. You are oblivious, and I bet you even suck at trading players in video games with those comments. 

Bob Trost
Bob Trost

Why are all the knick comments under an Islander story?

Don22
Don22

@Bob Trost Because SNY can't figure it out.  This has been going on for a few months now.  And each time it happens they are posts from over a year ago.

tpjm
tpjm

LOL@Don22 @Bob Trost Hey if you're not happy with the blog find another one Donna.   You won't be missed. You constantly complain about things like a typical whiny LIer. 

rmvacation
rmvacation

@bob: Becusse the tenth thing we learned about JT is he LOVES Knick comments...

jethrono9
jethrono9

@Don22 @Bob Trost

Yet they tell us to be patient, they are working on it, that's a laugh, they are working on the problem same as this administration is working on problems.

Lesli Cutler
Lesli Cutler

Will he have any players who aren't too old, too hurt or too selfish? How about a point guard?

Rob Mitchell
Rob Mitchell

in what bizzaro world does this man still have a job after the season?

John Kaniuk
John Kaniuk

I guess he is getting a job with another team. The Knicks stick and most of it is not his fault. The team is old, lethargic and they do not listen. The Knicks need to fall apart and get the number 1 pick. I forgot but, they traded all of them away. DUH!

George Dritsanos
George Dritsanos

HAHAHAHAHAHA , I need to change teams fast , I can't take it !

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Wow! There's a punch in the gut! 

Roger Du
Roger Du

I expect to be the new head coach next season.

Larry Mauriello
Larry Mauriello

wouldn't be the 1st fool move this organization made

tifoso6
tifoso6

Woodson's reality testing is as good as his coaching.   Terrible.   His body language, arms crossed in front of his chest all time, is clearly indicative of a person without confidence who tries to hide that by being aggressive, especially to the rookies.   

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

As we all have been i was thinking about how to fix the knicks. My plan ( This is an example of how to rebuild around paying Melo 130 mil):


Resign Melo ( whatever it takes even if its 130 mil, i hate it but we have to keep him), because we resigning Melo at 130 mil will hinder the FA we can sign in 2015; i would look for a struggling team in 2014-2015 season for argument sake lets say the cavs, minny detriot and ATL are all struggling next season at the trade deadline and they are all looking to start over. i would offer STAT 23 mil expiring and a pick for Irving ( who they dont wanna lose for nothing) varejo and Jack. That will give Cavs 21 mil UNDER the cap at the end of the season. Remember 2015 is one of the better FA market best since lebron wade bosh were FA. The next move is to trade Tyson for Josh Smith this move would save the Pistons over 30 mil at the end of the season. Even after all these moves the knicks will still have AB 11 mil expiring to send to any other team poking to get under the cap. 


**Again this isn't what i expect its just an example of how the knicks can pay Melo 130 mil and still build around him**


we are over the cap now and in order to keep this salary spot we would have to trade expirings for disgruntled star players . Imagine if we had these expirings this season. guys like Rondo, Irving Monroe, Josh Smith would all be in play.  

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@Jesse Brand  lol look at the point I'm trying to make ( albeit poorly). Im saying signing Melo to 130 mil contract is not a death sentence.

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

No it is tho lol I would give him what Paul got in 5/108 enough to sign 2 stars to play with him. Only way I give him 130 is if lebron or durant is the second superstar

David Waites
David Waites

What is he supposed to say? That he thinks he is getting fired by the end of the month?

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

Sigh…….. its tough being a knick fan. 


I have been thinking about the knicks and this trade deadline i know there isn't any major moves that can or will be made by the knicks so i was thinking about minor moves the Knicks can make. One name i keep coming back to that most ppl haven't talked about is E. Moore pg of the Magic. i would trade one of Prig/Felton ( they won't take)/Beno for him. Young athletic great size for the PG position, and can knock down the three ball. Another guy on the Magic i like is Nicols PF needs to add weight but tall and athletic. 


BTW for those who wouldn't trade THjr for Rondo is nuts. If the C's say they will do a Rondo/Wallace/Green/Bogans for Tyson/AB/Felton/Shump/THjr/ 2018 first and rights to swap in 2015 i def so that deal. Yea it sucks to lose THjr and Shump and the 2018 pick but getting a Rondo and Green would do wonders for this knick team. 


http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=lakfkwm


1. Rondo is a good defender so that helps the defense even tho we lose shump and Tyson. Rondo might not be the best shooter but is crafty enough to get to the rim and finishes very well around the rim. He also can pass to every spot on the floor, he makes EVERYONE on the court better.


2. Green is a good defender and is a very good second scorer. He isn't a number scoring option but as a number two when teams are focusing on Melo he can make them pay and also can play both SF and PF this fits in great with Melo. He is also athletic finishes well around the rim and a decent shooter.


3. Wallace and Bogans are really salary dumps. Wallace is still a good defender and a great hustle blue collar player. Every team needs a guy like him that will dive for loose ball and play with reckless abandon. Bogans will be a bench warmer.


lineup: 

PG Rondo

SG JR

SF Green

PF Melo

C Tyler


Bench:


Prig, Murray, Wallace, Amare, Aldrich i would go with a 8-9 man rotation nightly based on how many games we have in a week. 

franktkb
franktkb

I'm not a fan of Woodson's, but we are seriously on board with this if it's Herb Williams and Houston replacing him? That doesn't seem too appealing to me.