Mike Woodson: Extension in the Works with New York Knicks, but at What Cost?

May 8th, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »
The New York Knicks are in the process of drawing up a contract extension that would keep Mike Woodson in New York "for the foreseeable future," per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Considering this particular head coach and the difficulties the Knicks have seen this season, that's a slightly worrisome notion.

Woodson may be a perfectly good coach, and the work he's done to close out New York's season—in spite of considerable complication via injury, no less—has been truly impressive. But I wonder if we might have already seen the height of Woodson's coaching tenure with this Knicks core, as a clean bill of health will undoubtedly bring a slew of problems that stretch beyond his demonstrated level of ingenuity.

Figuring out how to balance a roster with this kind of defensive deficit, offensive obstruction and contractual logjam will take incredible finesse, and though Woodson has done well to nudge this team in the right direction defensively, his team's most successful offensive stretches have been, predictably, isolation dependent. 

The Knicks' long-term problems won't be solved by something as simple as moving Carmelo Anth ...

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