On Friday, the New York Knicks announced they would extend current head coach Mike Woodson’s contract.
“Mike took over the team under challenging circumstances and made it clear, starting on day one, that he was going to hold every player on our roster accountable,” said James Dolan, Executive Chairman. “We saw a significant improvement since Mike took over and believe our team will only keep improving under Mike’s direction.”
Woodson took over as head coach on March 14th after, then current coach, Mike D’Antoni mutually parted ways with the club. He served as the teams interim coach with a record of 18-6 and a playoff birth.
“I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career,” Woodson said. “Our goal is to build off the success we had at the end of last season and to continue our quest of bringing an NBA Championship to Madison Square Garden.”
Formerly, Woodson served as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks from the 2004-05 season until the end of the 2009-10 season. During that span, he recorded a better record every season, including playoff appearances in each season while in Atlanta.
“Mike has the respect of every person in this organization,” Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald said. “He and his staff led the team in an impressive push into the playoffs over the last 24 games and we believe he is the right man to lead the franchise as we move forward.”