David Aldridge reports that former Atlanta Hawk head coach, Mike Woodson, is meeting with the Knicks this week to interview for the designated defensive assistant coach position.
For his part, Woodson has moved on, interviewing for the Minnesota Timberwolves' vacancy. And a source indicates he'll be in New York early this week to talk with the Knicks about becoming their defensive coordinator, a job that management has mandated coach Mike D'Antoni, entering the final year of his contract, accept for next season.
The Knicks' options have been dwindling since Lawrence Frank took over as head coach of the Pistons but bringing in Woodson doesn't appear to be a terrible decision. Woodson's teams finished 23rd, 18th, 11th and 13th in defensive efficiency (the number of points a team gives up per 100 possessions) in his final four years in Atlanta. He finished in the top half of the league his final two seasons while the Knicks finished in the bottom ten in the last three. Of course, he can't bring Al Horford with him so we'll see just how creative his schemes are should he be hired to coach that side of the ball.
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