Former Knicks Coach Jeff Van Gundy Backs Woodson Up
Source: Peter Botte, New York Daily News
Jeff Van Gundy isn’t sure why his name has emerged publicly as a potential replacement for Mike Woodson, but the former Knicks coach is certain of one thing in his view of the job Woodson is doing despite the team’s 3-13 start this season.
“The last problem the Knicks have, the very last problem, is a coaching issue,” Van Gundy said Wednesday on the Mike Lupica Show on ESPN radio. “Mike Woodson is an outstanding basketball coach who’s done an outstanding job. So how can a guy who went from brilliant be on the quote-proverbial hot seat 16 games into the next season? … I understand just how difficult it is and I feel badly for Mike.”
Woodson and the Knicks (3-13), who have been without All-Star center Tyson Chandler for the past month, are languishing with a nine-game losing streak entering Thursday’s game against the Nets. Yet, they somehow are just three games out of first place in the downtrodden Atlantic Division.Former Knicks Coach Jeff Van Gundy Backs Woodson Up by Charles Mager