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Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

Posted on: May 12, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2010 3:13 pm
Making a decision on Mike Woodson's future is the Hawks "No. 1 priority" this offseason, and it will be resolved quickly, a person with knowledge of the team's plans told

"With respect to Woody, and in fairness to him, I think it will be resolved soon, one way or another," the person said.

The Hawks won 53 games, their fifth straight regular-season improvement under Woodson, who coached the entire season on the last year of his contract without an extension. Hawks GM Rick Sund has a long-standing policy not to do contract extensions during the season.

But Woodson's legacy has been tarnished by Atlanta's four-game implosion against the Magic, a sweep in which the Hawks were outscored by 101 points. It was the Hawks' second straight season-ending sweep, coming on the heels of last season's 4-0 loss to the Cavaliers in the conference semifinals.

Woodson's salary with bonuses exceeded $2 million this season, and rival executives don't expect the Hawks to offer much more than that on a new deal -- which could be a recipe for Woodson's quick exit. Woodson is represented by Joe Glass, who also represents Bobcats coach Larry Brown -- which essentially means Woodson's future is tied to Brown's.

Woodson has been linked to the Philadelphia 76ers' opening as a package deal with Brown, who would replace Ed Stefanski as team president. To this point, Woodson and Brown are about the only two people in the NBA who haven't interviewed for the Sixers' job. Sources are skeptical of the Sixers' enthusiasm for turning the basketball decisions over to Brown if he isn't coaching. Some executives believe the Clippers remain the most sensible option for Brown as coach and team president, despite Brown's comments in an interview this week that he is having difficulty being away from his family in Philadelphia.

One consideration for the Hawks, sources say, is to make Woodson a firm offer within the next week. If the offer isn't to his liking, "It'll give him an opportunity to get involved for other jobs," said one person familiar with the team's plans.

The other hot-button issue for the Hawks is the future of Joe Johnson, who had a miserable series against Orlando and made it worse with comments critical of fans who had booed the team at home. One person close to Johnson said the circumstances may have made it less likely for Johnson to bolt the placid environment of Atlanta for a pressure-cooker like New York. Going to Chicago to play with Derrick Rose and "let Rose take all the daggers," a source said, might be a more attractive option. But sources say the Hawks' brass haven't ruled out Johnson returning to Atlanta.


Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 5:48 pm

Woodson Doesn't Coach Effort.

The other day I read this in the Atlanta papers:

  • Said Horford: “The last thing we should worry about is effort. That should be a given.”
  • Said Woodson: “I’m not here to coach effort.”
  • And there’s your disconnect. Too many guys in this locker room have tuned out this coach...  when you’ve lost three games by an average of 29 points it is clear someone’s message isn’t taking hold.

And that "someone" name is Mike Woodson.  If he refuses to do what is needed - even igniting a little effort ever so often - then he's not a complete enough coach for this team.  Time for a change of direction.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 5:28 pm

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

Redfoxes: I disagree.  The primary ability a coach MUST have is the ability to make adjustments in the playoffs.  Nothing else really matters.  Woodson has shown the last two years that he has NO idea how to coach playoff ball.  Two sweeps?  Unforgiveable.  Had he even managed to be competitive, it would have been a good sign, but he didn't even manage THAT!  He should go, or they will get more of the same next year.

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 5:02 pm

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

honestly sign and trade joe to whereever he wants but woody for sure needs to go.  no more iso joe. that is not an offense now or in the future.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 4:50 pm

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

woody may well be just an average coach, but this team needs a leader on the court. the hawks look like a group of guys playing street ball. they are clearly not an elite team,and won't be until management is willing to pay for star players. joe johnson is a good second or third option,but can't be the go to guy if this team expects to compete with the best.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 4:00 pm

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

Sorry.  When your whole offense is spreading out and letting either Joe or Jamal handle the ball for 22 seconds..that is coaching.  Time for Woodson to go.........and how about Avery Johnson as a replacement?

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2010 3:35 pm

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

nho more woody please

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 3:35 pm

Hawks mulling extension for Woodson

The problem is not Woodson.  The Hawks are at a point where they need to improve with better players to take the next step to Conference Finals.  If they can improve with a FA aquisition to replace Johnson, then good bye, Joe.  He just plain stunk it out against Orlando.  Who would replace Woodson?  Any better.  In fact, they need to retain Woodson to keep some continuity in this insane owner/front office structure.

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