NEW YORK (WFAN) — It could be a very, very nice Memorial Day weekend for Mike Woodson.
The Knicks head coach is expected to have the interim tag lifted from his title “this week,” according to the New York Post.
The sides “began hammering out details” last week, the paper reported, and hope to get Woodson’s contract done before the holiday weekend.
Though New York finished out their 12th straight season without a playoff series victory this month, the team showed a marked improvement under Woodson. The coach leaned heavily on Carmelo Anthony, leading the Knicks to an 18-6 regular season record after the abrupt resignation of Mike D’Antoni in mid-March.
Woodson, popular among the Knicks’ stars, “could get a three-year contract,” the Post reported. That would tie him directly to the core of Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire, who all have three years remaining on their deals.
An extension has been expected, and was bolstered recently by Anthony’s endorsement and the promotion of Woodson’s pal, general manager Glen Grunwald.
But at times it seemed like no slam dunk. The Knicks were rumored to have interest in Kentucky’s John Calipari and legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson.
Calipari, fresh off his first NCAA title, repeatedly expressed a lack of interest in coaching anywhere but the Commonwealth. New York reportedly never reached out to Jackson.
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