The New York Knicks have lost nine in a row, are 3-13 on the season and appear to be in disarray. With that inevitably comes speculation about the future of their head coach, Mike Woodson. While Knicks owner James Dolan previously gave Woodson a vote of confidence, he is rapidly losing patience with the situation and a change could be coming soon, according to a report from the New York Post's Marc Berman:
The expiration date on owner James Dolan's recent vote of confidence for coach Mike Woodson is approaching, according to sources.
While Woodson will coach the Knicks when they play the Nets on Thursday, it is unclear how much longer Dolan will allow this losing streak to go on. It has reached nine straight defeats and the team's mental instability has become an issue. Dolan is obsessed with the Brooklyn franchise and a blowout loss could trigger changes - whether via trade or a coaching move.
If Woodson is shown the door, New York could consider bringing back Jeff Van Gnudy, according to Berman:
The Post has also learned that if Dolan eventually makes a move, old enemy and ex-Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy would not be ruled out as a future candidate - though such a hire seems more sensible in the offseason if Dolan goes with an interim coach.
Van Gundy and Dolan were not on speaking terms for the longest time after Van Gundy abruptly quit early in the 2001-02 season. The two exchanged pleasantries at the Garden last season before Van Gundy broadcasted a game for ABC. Van Gundy will be back at the Garden Dec. 11, working the Knicks-Bulls game.
Even with all the craziness Knicks fans have endured over the years, they must be shocked that there's talk of Van Gundy coming back to join a Steve Mills-led front office. If this does come to fruition, though, it probably won't happen during the season. Back when the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson last season, Van Gundy told Yahoo! Sports he would not meet with an organization that had an interim coach in place.
New York will play the 5-12 Nets on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast nationally on TNT.