New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Knicks ended rumors surrounding coach Mike Woodson’s tenure with the team, picking up the option on his contract for the 2014-15 season.
“I have long respected Mike and think he has done a remarkable job since becoming the head coach of the Knicks,” team president and general manager Steve Mills said in a statement.
“After spending time with him recently, it is clear that picking up his option is an easy decision,” Mills added.
There was speculation heading into the season that if the Knicks underperformed under Woodson, the team may decline the option for 2014-15 and go in another direction.
Woodson guided the Knicks to an 18-6 mark as interim coach after beginning the 2011-12 season as an assistant under Mike D’Antoni. In his first full season with New York, he led the Knicks to a 54-28 record.
Woodson was hired as head coach during the 2012 offseason and signed a two-year contract with an option for a third year.
As coach of the Atlanta Hawks from 2004-10, Woodson compiled a 206-286 record.