Sam SpiegelmanMore could than bragging rights may be at stake Thursday night when the Knicks take on the Nets. … a lot more.
According to the New York Post, a blowout loss to the Nets — the Knicks’ 10th consecutive loss — could cost Mike Woodson his job.
The report states Knicks owner James Dolan is “obsessed” with the Brooklyn Nets franchise, and fallng to their crosstown rival could “trigger changes.”
On Nov. 19, Dolan gave a vote of confidence to Woodson. At the time, however, New York was 3-7. Since, the team has dropped six in a row to fall to 3-13. Brooklyn, meanwhile, is 4-15 and 1.5 games ahead of New York in the Atlantic Division.
Adding more fuel to the fire, the Post suggests Woodson’s placement would be former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who is currently an analyst for ESPN. The report states Van Gundy may be option, but it is more likely he would be hired in the offseason and the team would have to find an interim coach for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
Knicks president Steve Mills worked with Van Gundy for more than two seasons in Mills’ stint as vice president of franchise operations. The Post speculated the hiring of Van Gundy may result in the hiring of Patrick Ewing, who was an assistant under Van Gundy in Orlando and currently serves in the same with the Charlotte Bobcats.
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