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Woody Takes Over But Is Phil Jackson On The Way?

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Well, Well, Well…

A season and a half after he was shown the door in Atlanta former Hawks coach Mike Woodson is back roaming the sidelines as interim head coach of the New York Knicks. The bright lights of MSG are nothing new for Woody, for those of you that don’t know he was selected 12th overall in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Knicks.

After sitting out the entire 2010-2011 season Woodson returned to New York as assistant coach but I’m sure he never imaged that Mike D’Antoni would resign and he’d become the head coach of the team when he signed his contract at the beginning of the season.

I like this move for the struggling Knicks!

While Woody never gets the credit he deserves I have nothing but respect for what he was able to accomplish when he took over an Atlanta franchise that was in complete disarray.

During his tenure in Atlanta the team got better each year after starting out 13-and-69 they consistently improved, after the 2004-2005 season the Hawks went 26-and-56, 30-and-52, 37-and-45, 47-and-35, and in his last season (2009-2010) the team finished with a regular season record of 53-and-29.

In a perfect world you’d think that after sticking with Woody through a 13 win season, he’d surely be rewarded for guiding the Hawks to their first 50 win season in nearly 12 years but instead the Atlanta Spirit Group showed Joe the money and Woody the door.

Since Woodson’s departure from Atlanta let’s just say the team has been less than spectacular!

Under head coach Larry Drew the team took a slight step back last season winning 44 games compared to the previous season when they won 53 games.

I’m not gonna bash anyone associated with the Hawks based on a new rule we have in the Sports Kings Radio studio but I’ll say this; if the Knicks continue to respond to Woody the way they did last night during their 121-79 win over Portland the Eastern Conference is going to be very interesting!

I’m cheering for Woody and if things go well hopefully he can get the interim tag removed but, in the back of mind I keep hearing the name Phil Jackson…

Rob Calloway can be reached at robert.calloway@cbsradio.com. Follow him on Twitter at @robcalloway3

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