Mike Woodson, one of 11 known candidates for the Knicks‘ head coaching vacancy, tells Ian Begley of SNY.tv that he’s “ecstatic” to be given the opportunity to return to the job he held from 2012-14. Although Woodson would have to beat out a long list of contenders to claim the position, including presumed frontrunner Tom Thibodeau, the former Knicks head coach believes he’s the right fit.

“I did my job when I was here. We won games. The fan base was engaged. I walked out of the Garden many nights thinking that the fans were proud and excited about what we were doing,” Woodson told Begley. “Am I capable of coming back to New York and helping them build a winning team again? I feel confident in that, I absolutely do.

“I think with the people in charge, with (president of basketball operations) Leon (Rose) and (GM) Scott (Perry) and (owner) Jim (Dolan) and everyone else that they hired on board, they will build a winner. At the end of the day, it takes everybody being on board to make it happen. That’s what we did (the last time I was here). We all had a great working relationship when I was here. That can definitely happen again. “

Here’s more on the Knicks:

  • While New York’s rebuilding process has taken some criticism in recent years, Woodson tells Begley that he thinks the franchise in well-positioned to improve in the coming years: “The Knicks are in a great position because they’ve got cap space, they’ve got room to go out and wheel and deal in the free agent market, and they’ve got room to make trades. They also have young players that you can continue to develop and they have draft picks. It’s a great combination.”
  • The Knicks have begun interviewing their head coaching candidates via video, and their search is expected to extend into July, league sources told Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link) this week. A previous report indicated that the team would take its time with the process, intending to have a new coach in place sometime before play resumes on July 30.
  • William Wesley was named the Knicks’ executive vice president and senior basketball advisor today, despite some speculation that he wouldn’t take on an official role with the team. According to Begley, Wesley decided he wanted to formally commit to the franchise due to his strong relationships with Leon Rose and James Dolan. “It just got to the point where it made sense for him,” a source told SNY.tv. “He wanted to be fully invested in the team.”

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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