Knicks Initiate Extension Talks With Woodson?

4:03pm: According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks' Game Four win over Miami helped solidify Woodson's chances of returning for next season. Berman hears from a source that there's "nothing going on" between the Knicks and Jackson.

11:59am: Woodson denied having talked to the Knicks about an extension, according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv (via Twitter).

8:24am: The Knicks appear headed for a first-round exit from the postseason, but according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the team has seen enough from Mike Woodson to believe he's the right man for the head coach position. Isola reports that the Knicks are in preliminary talks with Woodson about removing the interim label and making him the club's coach for the forseeable future.

Woodson has been publicly endorsed by Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, as well as by new permanent general manager Glen Grunwald. However, there has been speculation the Knicks would pursue a high-profile candidate such as Phil Jackson or John Calipari. Still, Jackson reportedly "isn't enthralled" with the Knicks' roster and Calipari and his staff recently signed multiyear extensions to remain at Kentucky.

After taking over for Mike D'Antoni as Knicks' head coach, Woodson led the team to an 18-6 record to close out the regular season.

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