Sam SpiegelmanKnicks head coach Mike Woodson is on the hot seat, sources tell ESPN.com, but he’ll have a chance to salvage his job.
The report indicates Woodson understands his job is in jeopardy, but no decision will be made regarding the coach’s future until Tyson Chandler returns to the lineup. Should Chandler help turn things around for the Knicks, especially on the defensive end, Woodson could potentially remain on the sidelines.
Chandler is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing 21 games due to a fractured right fibula. He has played in just four games this season.
The Knicks’ center and best defensive player by far may have to get back to work quickly, though, as reports suggest Woodson could be judged on a game-to-game basis by upper management. The only reason no change has already been made, according to sources, is because it did not want an interim coach in place at this early juncture in the season.
According to sources, potential interim coaches — Allan Houston, Darrell Walker and Herb Williams — are not exactly viewed as saviors for the team.
Management’s reluctancy to make a move was evident after Woodson did not receive the axe following his questionable coaching decision not to call timeouts in the Knicks’ final two possessions in the team’s Monday night loss to the Washington Wizards. The loss dropped the Knicks to 7-17 and fourth in the Atlantic Division.
Bovada estimates Woodson has 5-4 odds of being the first coach fired in the NBA this season, followed by the Nets’ Jason Kidd (5-2), the Wizards’ Randy Wittman (9-2) and the Cavaliers’ Mike Brown (11-2).