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Friday, February 14, 2014
Melo: Woody won't get fired over break

By Ian Begley

The Knicks are 20-32 and have lost five of six heading into the All-Star break.

So, naturally, there was rampant speculation that coach Mike Woodson's job is in imminent danger.

One report stated that Woodson expected to be fired over the All-Star break.

Carmelo Anthony dispelled that idea Friday.

"We got practice in Memphis on Monday, and Woody will be there. Plain and simple," Anthony said, according to published reports.

Woodson's job has been a hot topic throughout the season. Most believe his firing is a matter of "if" and not "when."

The belief here is that the Knicks would like to keep Woodson through the end of the season and start a coaching search over the summer.

If the Knicks continue to lose, though, it might force ownership and the front office to make a coaching change before the end of the season.

The Knicks play 19 of their final 30 games on the road, so things won't be easy for Woodson & Co. after the break.

Next week, they have a four-game, five-day road trip starting against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. They then play the New Orleans Pelicans, travel to Orlando, Fla., to face the Magic and head to Atlanta to to play the Hawks before coming home to face the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 24.

If the Knicks struggle out of the break, you can be sure that the speculation surrounding Woodson's job will ramp up.

If the Knicks fire Woodson midseason, it's unclear at this point who would take over.

A veteran coach is unlikely to want to coach the team midseason. Jim Todd and Darrell Walker both have head-coaching experience, but both are also close with Woodson.

Herb Williams is an option. Allan Houston and Larry Johnson have also been reportedly considered as candidates.

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