Saturday, April 26, 2014
Woodson: I wouldn't work for Sterling
By Ian Begley
Ex-Knicks coach Mike Woodson will likely be looking for another coaching job at some point.
If the allegations regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling are true, Woodson says he has no interest in coaching the Clippers.
"No. If this comes out to be true, no, absolutely not,” Woodson said on NBA TV on Saturday. “But again we’ve got to let this unfold and see where we are with it."
An audio recording purportedly of Sterling making racist remarks to his girlfriend is being investigated by the NBA.
Woodson agreed with the idea that if the allegations are true, Sterling should be suspended.
"I think it needs to be a suspension if it plays out [as alleged]," Woodson said. "As we sit here today, it’s just sad that an owner would even stoop that low to do something like that. ... I hope that’s not the case."
He added: "I think this thing is bigger than sports when you look at the overall picture. We somehow have got to get passed black and white, where we seemed to have struggled for years. So if he is convicted, he needs to be suspended. How long that should be, I don’t know. He is the owner of the team. You can’t come out and say the things that he said, if he is convicted."
Woodson also expressed support for Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
“I think it’s a sad day in sports,” said Woodson. “It really is. I truly feel for Doc. If one guy can get his team over the hump, it’s Doc Rivers."
“I just think Doc has to stay the course and try to keep all the distractions behind him,” Woodson added. “Because this is not going to go away.”