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Despite winning 54 games last season in his first full run as Knicks head coach, there was a debate to be had after last year's playoffs about Mike Woodson's future with the team.
Now, the only debate worth having is if he'll ever coach another team again.
Miraculously, after nearly 60 games of uninterrupted floundering, Woodson remains coach of the Knicks. He'll almost certainly be shown the door after the season, if not earlier, as James Dolan will give Carmelo Anthony the power to handpick his coach of choice before re-signing.
Woodson has shown complete ignorance of the small-ball, three-point heavy attack that made New York such a force last season. He's instead trotted out bigger, less cohesive lineups whenever possible, and scrapped any semblances of keen coaching in the offensive playbook.
On the other end of the floor, Woodson's defenses over his two full seasons in New York have been even more laughable. He's stubbornly implemented his graduate-level, switching intensive scheme across a Knicks roster that's clearly devoid of the defensive talent necessary to carry out the ideology.
As a result, all opponents need to do in order to throw New York off defensively is merely set a simple pick. Knicks players then lazily back off their assignment, mismatches can be found all over the floor and an easy bucket soon follows.
Last season, according to Synergy, the Knicks ranked 25th against defending the pick-and-roll ball-handler, and 16th against the roll man. This year, they're dead last in defending both.
The coach hasn't shown any regard for Anthony's own well being as he's run the 29-year-old out for a league-leading 39 minutes per game. He'd averaged 36 minutes per game over his career prior to this season.
He's chosen to generally exploit his own young, developing players, as opposed to—this may sound crazy—actually developing them. It appears he's completely ruined 23-year-old Iman Shumpert, once regarded as a player with star potential, by constantly badgering him with postgame remarks and not having him on the floor in situations that call for it. To a lesser extent, this has been the case with Jeremy Tyler and Toure' Murry, as well.
The Knicks can't begin a new era in 2014 and 2015 with Woodson leading the charge. His short tenure has already been filled with too much tumult, too little consistency and not nearly enough competency.