Although Woodson’s last Atlanta team was criticized for its failure to make defensive adjustments when getting bombed by Orlando in the 2010 playoffs, the former first-round pick of the Knicks will join D’Antoni’s staff as a defensive coach.
D’Antoni has been looking for his mandated defensive coordinator for quite a while, and it seems as though he has finally found him by default.
After losing out on other options such as Lawrence Frank, D’Antoni and the Knicks seems to be prepared to bring Woodson into the fold.
Woodson is certainly an established coach, having led the Hawks into the playoffs multiple times, but his credibility as a defensive specialist can be questioned.
As mentioned by Knicks Journal previously, the NYDN also notes that Woodson’s experience as a head coach could ultimately catapult him into the hot seat as head coach of the Knicks should the team fail to thrive under D’Antoni this season.
Will there be a power struggle? Will owner James Dolan prefer giving Woodson a chance rather than extending D’Antoni at the end of the season?
That may all be speculation for now, but as a former Knick himself, Woodson’s prior success as a coach and connections to Knicks brass may put him in good standing moving forward.
In any event, in this moment, adding Woodson to the coaching staff is a huge victory for the Knicks, no matter what comes next.