Woodson: I can't control 'ugly' rumors

March, 14, 2014
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Mike Woodson was upset over a report that linked him to the Indiana University head coaching position.

"First and foremost that's not me. I have a great deal of respect for [Indiana coach] Tom Crean and what he's done at Indiana University and I'm going to leave it at that," Woodson said after Knicks practice on Friday.

IndianaA published report stated that some IU boosters were pushing to have Crean fired and Woodson hired. There's widespread speculation that Woodson will be let go at the end of the season.

It's only natural for Woodson to be upset about being mentioned as a candidate for a job that is occupied. Woodson was reportedly faced with the same scenario this season. Earlier this year, the Knicks reached out to Phil Jackson, the new team president, and offered him a coaching position, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

"I can't control none of that, that's for sure. But I just think it's ugly in our business when things like that happen because, again, it's not easy being a coach," Woodson said. "It's a tough profession, but we enjoy doing what we do so I mean I respect, I've got to respect the game and respect the coaching part of it because it is a fragile thing. Guys are caught in it too deeply then they lose control in terms of what they're about and what they're trying to get accomplished."

Amar'e, Tyson back: Woodson said Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler will return to the court Saturday against Milwaukee.

Chandler missed the past two games because of an urgent personal matter. Stoudemire sat out Wednesday's win over Boston as a precaution to protect his oft-injured knees. The team called it a recovery day.

"You want to play every night. But it's very important to recover your body, especially from what I've been through from an injury standpoint," Stoudemire said. "You want to make sure you take the precautionary measures and do everything you can to prolong your high play."

The team is 4-1 since Stoudemire was inserted into the starting lineup.

He has scored 18 points per game on 61 percent shooting over the past five games. The Knicks have outscored opponents by an average of 11 points per game while Stoudemire's on the court.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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