May 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson talks to his team during a timeout during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Does Head Coach Mike Woodson Deserve An Extension?

On an overall standpoint, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has done an exceptionally good job with the team. However with the guaranteed portion of his contract expiring next summer, he still has work to do to earn an extension.

The Knicks will struggle for the next couple seasons with bringing in new players because of their current cap space situation. Based on that, it might be smart to explore alternative coaching options as a way of improving the team.

May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson speaks to the team during a timeout against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

In reality though, there isn’t any better options out there for them to replace Woodson with, unless Phil Jackson or Jerry Sloan come out of retirement to coach team. It is highly unlikely that happens since they both had the chance to become to head coach before and declined.

The best decision for the Knicks organization is to keep Woodson aboard and keep building the way they have been and things will fall into place.

If it were based on his first two seasons only, Woodson does indeed deserve an extension, but that could change if the Knicks don’t improve significantly and compete more in the playoffs. So far, Woodson has shown a decent amount of success in the regular season, but in the postseason his team’s play diminishes a little and that could end up costing him the extension with the organization.

There has been a lot of money invested into this franchise for it to return back its winning form. On paper, the Knicks have more than enough talent to get it done, but it just seems that the team loses its focus and it shows on the court. Woodson is typically a defensive strategist and if he puts his knowledge to good use, the Knicks can improve their most noticeable weakness, their defense.

After Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith having career years last season, it is hard to believe that Woodson is in the hot seat to lose his job. So far for the Knicks Woodson is 72-34 in the regular season, and 7-10 in the playoffs. More than likely how the Knicks perform this postseason (if they make it) will make or break Woodson’s future with the Knicks.

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