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Woodson last led the Knicks to the playoffs in 2012-13 with a 54-win season and was introduced back this summer to join Tom Thibodeau’s team as an assistant specializing on defense.
“I wish to thank my own Knick household for allowing me to get out of my contract and then come home,” Woodson said Monday morning during his opening press conference. However he was a terrific owner for me. He enabled me to be head coach and he let me come back to be a helper. I would like to thank (president) Leon Rose, Wes (Wesley) Scott Perry and Tom Thibodeau, who is a great coach. His lovely staff they’ve assembled in New York has enabled me to do exactly what I do now. They did not need to do this. I believe them very much by the bottom of my heart. Everyone in that Knicks business is first class”
Mike Woodson abandoned his Knicks assistant position for the Indiana head training job.NBAE through Getty ImagesThe Post has reported senior VP William Wesley pushed to its usage of Woodson, Kenny Payne along with Johnnie Bryant — neither of whom understood Thibodeau. All three got focus on college openings but Payne (DePaul) and Bryant (University of Utah) will remain.
It’s anticipated Andy Greer, Thibodeau’s longtime assistantand will proceed until the front row of the bench. Greer was in the front row when Woodson missed a West Coast trip for private reasons. The front row of this bench is regarded as a status symbol.