(NEW YORK) — When Mike Woodson took over as the interim coach for the New York Knicks, the team played with a renewed engergy and passion over the last 24 games in the regular season, and the team has decided to see what he can do for a full season under the helm. The team has announced that they have signed Woodson to a multi year contract extension.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Woodson’s deal includes two guaranteed years as well a third-year option worth around $4 million per season.
Woodson took over for Mike D’Antoni after he resigned on March 14. With Woodson in control, the team went 18-6 to finish the regular season. Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs, Woodson is excited for the future of the team.
“I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career,” Woodson said. “Our goal is to build off the success we had at the end of last season and to continue our quest of bringing an NBA championship to Madison Square Garden.”
Before joining the Knicks last summer, Woodson spent six seasons coaching the Atlanta Hawks.
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