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Mike Woodson has earned a reputation as a head coach that improves his team's record from year to year, but this season he is on the verge of leading one of the worst turnarounds in league history.
Excuses are hard to come by, too. Sure, he is working for the worst owner in the NBA, but that doesn't justify repeated mistakes with his rotations, treatment of young players and defensive schemes, the latter being a particularly big crime for a man known as a defensive coach.
It's curious that Woodson has survived to this point, especially considering owner James Dolan's penchant for rash decisions, but it's likely that Dolan is trying to save face after giving Woodson an extension over the summer and claiming there were no firings upcoming in a meeting with the team in December.
Dolan and the front office need to decide exactly how long they're going to ignore Woodson's mistakes, as this coming offseason is as good a time as any to make a change. They have the chance to let Carmelo Anthony handpick his own coach in an effort to keep him relatively happy, or start from scratch with a younger coach if he walks in free agency.
After the season the Knicks have had, it seems a foregone conclusion that Woodson will be canned, but if it hasn't happened by now, we can't know for sure until the time comes.
Update: The Knicks have reportedly spoken to Phil Jackson about the coaching job, a sure sign that Woodson will be shown the door at the end of the season. Jackson isn't interested, though, so more options will have to be explored in the coming months.