Mike Woodson's seat is getting warmer, warmer and warmer still.
Now it's on fire.
The New York Knicks coach has guided his team to a 6-15 start one season after leading them to 54 victories. Excessive losing, like it always does, has brought speculation. Depending on the day, Woodson is either finished or completely safe. These days, he's mostly finished.
ESPN's Marc Stein has even reported that Woodson's departure is inevitable, noting owner James Dolan's thirst for sideline star power will cost the coach his job at some point:
My sense from the latest coaching scuttle is that Woodson, even if he survives the crisis at hand, is only going to last until Dolan can find a bigger, splashier name to take over. The belief here is that the Knicks’ impresario, given his lack of draft and trade assets to make impactful changes to the talent, ultimately wants a superstar coach as much as he wants to re-sign Melo come July. Which is where Thibodeau comes in.
Correct, the Knicks are inclined to pursue Tom Thibodeau, who is still under contract with the Chicago Bulls.
Good news, though? That means Woodson could be given the entire year to right this ship. Bad news? We know the Knicks better than that.
Like an NBA star who just rolled his ankle, Woodson's job status should be considered day-to-day. If New York's season continues to run astray, it's not a matter of if he'll be discharged. It's a matter of when.
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