The move might become official next week, according to sources, when Garden and team executives return from vacation. Woodson had what he called a good meeting with D’Antoni earlier this month, but he had people above D’Antoni in his corner from the start.
Good for Woodson, whom the Pistons strongly considered for their head-coaching vacancy. If he can help the Knicks’ dreadful defense, he’ll get another head-coaching job in no time. And if he can’t, I doubt too many people will hold it against him.
I also wonder what role, if any, Isiah Thomas played in the Pistons’ coaching search.
Lawrence also reveals what might have been a factor in Detroit not hiring Woodson:
"Mike didn’t adjust when he coached the Hawks," said one NBA president. "He had his game-plan going in and he stuck with it. As a future head coach, he’ll probably be better because it would be his second job. A lot of times, guys do better after their first head coaching job when they have that experience."
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