Mike Woodson's seat has been hot all season.
Back in early February, signs were already pointing to his departure. Per ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, word around the organization was that it was merely a matter of time before the Knicks canned "Woody":
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.
The recent hiring of Phil Jackson as the Knicks' president of basketball operations makes Woodson's departure all the more inevitable, as Jackson will surely look to put his imprint on the organization by making a bold new hire.
If the Knicks make a miraculous playoff run, could Woodson potentially save his job? Sure. I'd be happy for the guy, too. The majority of the team's problems this year weren't his fault, but he's being blamed nonetheless.
However, if we take a step back and look at the state of the New York Knicks, it just doesn't make much sense to retain Woodson—regardless of any playoff run he's able to lead.
This is an organization that was the laughingstock of the NBA for much of the season. Bringing in Phil was a sign that James Dolan and Co. finally recognized that some serious changes were in order.
Keeping Woodson around would be a step in the wrong direction.
So then who will replace him? Who will be asked to lead this once-storied franchise out of the darkness and into the light?
Christian Bale? Unfortunately, he's not interested.
There are some coaches who might be, though. Let's take a look.