Knicks Mike Woodson Confident He Won’t Be Fired
The Knicks got thumped by the Thunder on Sunday, but Mike Woodson remains confident that he’ll be the guy righting the ship.
While speaking with the media in Oklahoma City, Woodson all but guaranteed he’ll be coaching the Knicks at the all star break and beyond.
Woodson, speaking before Sunday’s 112-100 loss to the Thunder, acknowledged his job status is “dangling,’’ but he is not singing the Memphis blues despite speculation he could be canned entering the break.
Asked if he expects to be coaching the team in Memphis, Woodson said “Sure I do. Sure I expect to be coaching. Absolutely.’’
Woodson was confident despite the presence of Knicks president Steve Mills who rarely attends road games. Mills was in Oklahoma City Sunday.
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“I’m still coaching the Knicks,’’ Woodson said. “That’s how I look at it. If I didn’t have the support, I’d probably be looking for the job. That’s not the case. Guys are in my corner. I got to keep pushing guys.
“The team has never really quit. The team has been competitive with peaks and valleys. I thought versus Portland [Wednesday] we competed and [Friday] we were good beginning to end.
“They know it’s dangling. My theme to our players[ is] ‘Woodson is a big boy.’ He’s been around the block a few times. It’s part of the business if it happens. You can’t worry about me. It’s never been about me. It’s about the makeup of the team. Coach plays a major role, but at end of the day players still have to be together and play at a high level.’’