Knicks Reportedly Want to Keep Mike Woodson Around

May 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Knicks Reportedly Want to Keep Mike Woodson Around

" Thanks to Sunday afternoon's heroics at the Garden, this Knicks season isn't over yet.

It could end Wednesday night or it could go a little longer than that, but the Knicks appear to have seen enough to convince them that Mike Woodson is the right man to coach the team into the future. Frank Isola of the Daily News reports that the team has started talking to Woodson about an extension that would rip off the interim tag and make him the head coach without modifiers.

According to the report, Woodson has spoken directly to James Dolan about staying on with the team next season, although Woodson, speaking to media Tuesday, denied that he's started working on a new deal. It's a wise strategy for Woodson, who doesn't want to get caught looking out for himself while the team is still trying to extend its season.

The argument in favor of Woodson is pretty clear. The Knicks went 18-6 under him in the regular season and showed a commitment to defense that was rarely in evidence during Mike D'Antoni's run as the team's head coach "

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