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New York Knicks Firing Mike Woodson Reportedly 'When' and Not 'If'

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16:  New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson directs his team during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Wizards defeat the Knicks 102-101.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2014

Say goodbye to New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.

Per ESPN's Brian Windhorst, it's only a matter of time before the slumping Knicks can their head coach:

For a while now, the firing of New York Knicks' coach Mike Woodson has become a "when," not an "if," conversation.

Whether it happens before the All-Star break, after the All-Star break or after the season, there is almost certainly going to be a new coach for New York. The Knicks' front office knows this, or at least it seems like it does, already quietly reaching out to potential candidates to gauge interest. The Knicks players appear to know it, both publicly and privately grumbling about Woodson's strategies and methods.

If—I mean, when—Woodson is dismissed, it will come as no surprise to him.

According to SheridanHoops.com's Michael Scotto, Woodson and his staff expect to be fired before the All-Star break. This came on the heels of The Record's Steve Popper reporting that the Knicks front office was seriously considering showing Woodson the door:

According to the source the Knicks have plotted ending the tenure of head coach Mike Woodson and nearly his entire staff of assistants. With no high-profile coach interested in stepping into this situation right now, the source said that the team has discussed a plan to keep assistant coach Herb Williams and elevate him to the top spot in an interim, reaching out to a number of candidates to fill the staff out. 

Much has been made of Woodson's job security, or lack thereof, all season.

After guiding the Knicks toward 54 victories last year, his team is now 20-31 and two games back of a playoff spot. With Carmelo Anthony—who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer—now a flight risk, the Knicks can ill afford a postseason-less campaign on an already-flawed resume.

Changing coaches wouldn't solve everything, something the Knicks and their twisted, diabolical brain trust should understand. But dismissing Woodson could be a tactic owner James Dolan and friends hope the players use as a rallying cry, something that reminds them the status quo is unacceptable.

Nothing will happen without Anthony's consent, obviously. The Knicks are doing everything in their (limited) power to keep him happy. There's no way they fire Woodson without consulting him first. Dolan may have actually already sought his opinion.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News previously revealed that Anthony and another unnamed Knicks player sat down with Dolan following Wednesday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, presumably to discuss Woodson's fate. 

Two games later, the Knicks are 1-1 and Woodson is still in charge. For how much longer he remains in that position is anyone's guess.

"At this point I don’t really know what’s going to happen, if something’s going to happen," Anthony said of the rumors surrounding Woodson, via Popper. "To be honest with you, I don’t know what rumors is out there. When I tell you I don’t read or look at that stuff honestly I don’t. If something was to happen then it’s out of my hands."

Whether Woodson's future in New York is actually out of Anthony's hands is open for interpretation, much like Woodson's future with the Knicks itself.

 

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