Carmelo Anthony wants the New York Knicks to keep Mike Woodson as the head coach of the team. It seems almost too obvious that ownership needs to make this happen and that Woodson should get a contract extension for what he was able to accomplish this season.
Woodson stepped into the unenviable position of running a team that was in freefall and could have very easily missed the postseason. Instead, he helped the players on this roster step up, take charge, and make a run straight into the 2012 Eastern Conference Playoffs. Most importantly, the players are listening to him and succeeding in the process.
Sometimes it is difficult for a franchise to manage the egos of its stars, but the Knicks have a golden opportunity to make a move that is both good for the team and set up to make Anthony happy. When Anthony officially stated that he was a big supporter of Woodson and that he wants him back for the 2012-13 season, it became the perfect situation for a franchise that has struggled to find its way in recent years.
One of the selling points for the Knicks could also become that Woodson is less expensive than some of the bigger names that are available on the market. Save that money and invest it in player development, which in turn would also help to improve the team in the long run. I really feel that there is no downside to retaining Woodson and that getting this team full of injured players into the 2012 NBA Playoffs earned him a nice raise.
Coming into the games of April 24, Woodson has led the Knicks to a 16-6 record since he took over for Mike D'Antoni. A majority of those wins came without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, showing he doesn't necessarily need a roster packed with All-Stars to get the most out of this team. It would certainly be nice if Woodson could get the Knicks through the first round of the playoffs as well, but I think he has already done enough to warrant an extension before the end of the season.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.