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.




53 comments
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.  

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.

Bill Taylor
Bill Taylor

He better not make it to the end of this season.

rkj473
rkj473

Even the Knicks front office couldn't say that with a straight face.



Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

According to sources inside the Chicago Bulls organization, the team has been in discussions with the New York Knicks over the last couple of weeks regarding a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The two sides have been rumored to have interest, but according to this report the talks have already been going on for the past couple of weeks. It will be very interesting to see if the Bulls are able to work out a trade with the Knicks before the trade deadline passes.

The report states that the Bulls would be giving up Carlos Boozer, Kirk Hinrich, Tony Snell, Jimmy Butler, and likely a first round pick as well. In return, Chicago would receive Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, and Iman Shumpert. Obviously this is a huge trade that would change the future of both teams dramatically. Chicago is still able to compete with some of the good teams in the NBA despite missing Derrick Rose, and adding Carmelo Anthony might very well be the move that keeps their season alive.

New York would be receiving a good package in return for Melo with this trade. Jimmy Butler has shown flashes of becoming a special player, and rookie Tony Snell has also proven to be a very solid wing player. Hinrich would be a solid veteran piece to add to the roster, and Boozer would be a large expiring contract next offseason. The Knicks would be getting a very similar type of package to the deal that they gave up in the first place to Denver in the original Carmelo Anthony trade.

Once again, the two sides are discussing a deal that they are hoping that they can figure out before the trade deadline. There are many complications that the two sides are trying to work through, including what the Knicks want exactly in return. In addition to the players involved, the two sides will have to agree on the picks that will be involved as well.

Overall, this trade is something that is being discussed, but has not become imminent as of yet. These talks do have traction according to the source, and the two sides are in daily conversations about the deal. Expect more information to come out over the next few weeks, but this is certainly something to keep an eye on.

Maurice B. Bernier
Maurice B. Bernier

He can expect it, but that doesn't mean out will happen. If he wants to come back next year, he will have to buy a ticket like all the other fans do.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Well it's going to reach a point where all the questions about his job will eventually lead to Woody's much deserved dismissal.  The question is when?  It would appear that at this point Dolan has given woody assurances that he will coach the rest of this year, obviously things can change but as of now, they aren't

Toby Jaffe
Toby Jaffe

3 days ago the story was that he expected to be fired during the Allstar break, yesterday the story was that he expects to survive the all star break but not much more and now this

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Seth Nadler  That would be a terrible trade for the Knicks. So, Chicago gets to get rid of every player they already DON'T want (exception being Butler) for Carmelo Anthony? They're already talking about amnestying Boozer. If this deal were to happen, they pawn their unwanted players onto the Knicks, keep their amnesty, and if Derrick Rose looks like trash they could possibly amnesty him and be players in free agency. No deal. 

saintknick
saintknick

@Seth Nadler  


Are you telling me that the best NY can do in moving Melo is bringing back Boozer through 2015, a great bench pg in Hinrich who is expiring anyway, Shumpert 2.0 in Butler, a guy in Snell that would be the 4th best SG on the team after this trade (JR, ThJR, Butler, Snell), and a probably late round pick (since Melo would elevate Chi in the East big time)?


So in 2 years, you basically look back and realize you traded melo for essentially bench players and a late round pick. 


This is absolute BS. Don't get me wrong - I'm down to trade Melo - especially if it seems he would bounce otherwise. But there is no way the Knicks can't get more from the guy.


THE ONLY way this makes sense is if Melo indicates absolutely no intention to resign in the location he gets traded. If he goes to Chicago, I doubt he has a better team around him in any possible FA deal. 


The bulls have a few picks they can move from the Deng deal, BUT THEY ARE ALL LOTTERY PROTECTED (or at least top 10).


ANOTHER REASON THIS IS PROBABLY BS -


With the assets the Bulls are offering here, they could probably get all the cap space they would need, and keep the pick, in another trade in order to sign Melo in FA.

rgm891
rgm891

@Seth Nadler  We better grab at least 2 first round picks from Chitown.  

rico
rico

@Seth Nadler  first you need to post a link to this thank you


second..I hate this trade for the Knicks. 

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