Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson spoke about respect, teamwork and playing for each other as well as conducted a work out at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Friday.
He also ran drills in a clinic with four members of the UMKC team plus a few coaches.
Still in the midst of figuring out how to utilize his team’s offseason acquisitions, Woodson took time out to conduct a clinic also attended by area coaches.
Afterwards Woodson spent time chatting with the Men of Color Campus Initiative at the student union.
First year UMKC coach Kareem Richardson said it was a a wonderful experience for his team to learn from a coach of Woodson’s caliber.
Senior UMKC guard Nelson Kirksey said this was a once in a lifetime experience for him.
“To hear an NBA coach speak, and to understand things that it takes to get to that level, it just feels good to be in that type of presence,” said Kirksey.
Woodson’s basketball career spans more than three decades.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position in New York, Woodson coached the Atlanta Hawks and also spent time on the bench with four other NBA teams. Woodson played college basketball at Indiana University before heading on to the NBA for 11 seasons.
The Knicks may have built one of the deepest teams in the league this offseason, and Woodson is figuring out who to play and when to play them. Woodson has not decided who will start except for Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.