In a Tuesday article, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein examined the possibility of coaching changes around the NBA, noting that each and every one of the last 20 NBA seasons has seen at least one in-season change, often before Christmas. A league-record 13 new coaches were hired over the offseason, so teams may be more reluctant than usual to make any quick changes this season, since many of those new coaches are still getting their bearings.
Still, in Stein’s view, at least one NBA coach is in a tenuous position: Mike Woodson. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News believes a home loss to the Bucks tonight could be the last straw for Woodson in New York, and as Stein notes in his piece, betting site Bovada.lv believes Woodson is the NBA coach most likely to be fired next, giving him 5/4 odds as of Monday morning (Jason Kidd was second at 5/2).
On the other hand, Stein’s colleague at ESPNNewYork.com, Ian Begley, hears from a source that the Knicks plan to give Woodson a chance to turn the team around now that Tyson Chandler is set to return to action. And Woodson himself isn’t worried about being replaced, telling Marc Berman of the New York Post that he has the support of GM Steve Mills.
As we’ve seen in the past, the situation in New York could quickly head in one direction or the other. Another disastrous loss or two might push Woodson out the door, while a three- or four-game winning streak would likely cool off his hot seat considerably.
Where do you see the Knicks’ situation heading? Will Woodson be the first NBA coach replaced this season, or will another team make a change first?