Mike Woodson may be close to being Knicks assistant

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Former Hawks head coach Mike Woodson seems to be closer to being the lead assistant coach under Mike D’Antoni with the New York Knicks, to being the Knicks designated defensive coordinator.

Woodson and D’Antoni met Monday and things seem to be moving in that direction, according to Marc Berman at the New York Post.

Woodson has been interviewed in Minnesota as a potential head coach there, but they are still in the first round of interviews and frankly nobody knows exactly what they are thinking.

Woodson would be an interesting choice to take over the Knicks defense. He would face the same challenge in NYC he did in Atlanta — the Hawks did not have a great shot-blocking center and did not have a point guard who could really slow penetration. He countered that by having the Hawks basically switch on every pick, a tactic other teams were able to exploit at times to get the matchups they wanted. With the Knicks, there is the savvy but older Chauncey Billups at the point, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire at the forward slots and a big question mark at center. There will be no easy answers for the Knicks defense.

Don’t expect the Timberwolves or the Knicks to rush their decisions due to the lockout.