That could certainly be the case for former Hawks head coach Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks.
David Aldridge is reporting that Woodson will be in New York at some point this week to interview for the designated “defensive coordinator” assistant coaching position that the Knicks have required Mike D’Antoni to fill going into the final season of his contract.
As it turns out, though the Knicks were angling high for former Nets head coach and the most recent defensive guru/assistant coach on the Celtics bench, Lawrence Frank, he was hired by the Pistons to be their next head coach last week.
Woodson, as fate would have it, was reportedly the runner up for the Pistons position after having been a Pistons assistant himself under Larry Brown in past years.
The Knicks do not necessarily have a defensive coach occupying a seat on their bench at all, so any decent coach would be a tremendous upgrade. That being said, to get a coach of Woodson’s caliber (someone who led the Hawks into the playoffs multiple times), with such experience under his belt, the Knicks would be incredibly lucky as they put themselves in a good place in terms of defense.
Furthermore, should D’Antoni ultimately fail to meet expectations next season, whenever it may start, perhaps Woodson would be considered a cheap, viable replacement, considering his experience and strong references.