Florida International University head coach and former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas recently stated that he believes new Knicks assistant coach Mike Woodson will be a good fit for the New York defense.
Defense has been one of the weaknesses for this Knicks team in recent years. Many people attribute this to head coach Mike D’Antoni, who doesn’t exactly have a sterling defensive resume. Woodson, who was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks from 2004-10, joined the Knicks staff as an assistant this year.
Thomas was a guest on Sid Rosenberg’s radio show on WQAM in Miami where he discussed the Knicks and how Woodson can help the team next season.
“I think it’s going to be a great combination. They’ll get along well. Woody definitely understands defense. He learned it from the greatest mind in the game in Coach Knight. The way we were taught to play defense and defensive concepts, he’ll be a great fit there. And he gets along well with players and be demanding of players.”
Woodson helped lead the Hawks back to relevance during his stint in Atlanta, but ultimately didn’t have his contract renewed after getting swept by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2010 Eastern Conference Playoffs.
New York drafted Mike Woodson with the 12th overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft.