The New York Knicks hired Mike Woodson as their defensive assistant on Monday, something they were trying to do since 2004.
The Knicks were considering Woodson as their next head coach in 2004, but then President Isiah Thomas decided to hire Lenny Wilkins. At the time, Thomas was contemplating between Wilkens, Chuck Daly, Mike Fratello and Woodson.
Current Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni did not have Woodson as one of this top candidates for the assistant coaching position until General Manager Glen Grunwald recommended him. As defensive assistant coach, Woodson will surely help Mike D’Antoni in the area in which he lacks the most. The Knicks are ridiculed for their lack of defensive, but Woodson will surely change things in New York.
The Knicks’ others assistants, Herb Williams, Dan D’Antoni, Phil Weber and Ken Atkinson are all under contract through next season.