Report: Knicks Aren’t Ruling Out Bringing Back Jeff Van Gundy
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Despite a recent vote of confidence from Knicks owner James Dolan, Mike Woodson is reportedly edging closer to being relived of his duties as head coach. Sources have told the New York Post that Dolan is nearing the point of letting Woodson go.
A lopsided loss to the rival Brooklyn Nets could be the final straw. According to the Post, Dolan could be lining up former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy either immediately or in the offseason should the Knicks pull the plug on Woodson.
It appears more likely that Van Gundy would prefer taking over a team ahead of the 2014-15 season. Van Gundy resigned as head coach of the Knicks on December 8, 2001. His record during his tenure as Knicks head coach was 248-172.
Van Gundy unexpectedly led the Knicks to the 1999 NBA Finals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.
Dolan previously expressed his belief in Woodson in mid-November when he spoke with the Post.
“I have a lot of confidence in Woodson, and one thing I can say about Mike is he has the respect of all the players,’’ Dolan said. “They all respect him. And he treats them fairly and relatively equally, and that’s part of where the respect emanates from. And those are hard things to get from a coach. When a coach loses a team, that’s when a coach is kind of done.’’
That belief may have evaporated to the point that Woodson could be gone any day now.
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