Sunday, May 4, 2014
Woodson: I want to get back into coaching
By Ian Begley
Since he was let go as coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson has been working as an analyst for NBA TV and putting together some of the final details for his Coach Woodson Invitational, a three-day golf outing in Las Vegas to benefit the Nations of Coaches program.
But he has also been focused on something else.
“Keeping my eyes on coaching,” Woodson said during a phone interview to promote his golf tournament. “I want to get back into coaching. So that’s my next move. So we’ll see what happens. That’s a big goal. That’s what I’m going to push to do, absolutely.”
Will we see Mike Woodson on the sideline next season? The ex-Knicks coach hopes so.
Woodson did not delve into specifics when talking about his next move. He also politely declined to talk about the Knicks. Instead, he is currently focused on his golf tournament, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas during the NBA’s Summer League from July 20-22. The invitational is co-hosted by professional golfer Seema Sadekar and will be played at the Southern Highlands Golf Club.
Golf has been a big part of Woodson’s life for most of his NBA career. In Houston, he started a foundation to teach the game to children called “Woody’s Club.”
This season, Woodson took a mini break from the Knicks’ season on March 24th -- his 56th birthday -- and played Augusta National, which is the site of the Masters.
Woodson shot an 88 and pared the first hole.
“I played pretty good that day,” the coach said.
Woodson hopes to use his tournament this summer as a way to raise money for the coaches foundation and to share ideas among coaches.
“I want the game to grow and I want players to get better,” the coach said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
For more information on Woodson's tournament, click here.