NBA head coach rules out MSG exit

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New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has publicly stated he will not be quitting his role as head coach of the Eastern Conference franchise.

Woodson has been heavily criticised this season as his side have struggled to push for a spot in the playoffs.

The Knicks ended their seven-game losing streak last night by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-106 at the Target Center.

Woodson looked like he was about to get the chop during the festive period but somehow managed to dodge the axe.

And the experienced 55-year-old NBA coach has declared he will have to be sacked by New York Knicks owner James Dolan if he was to leave the Madison Square Garden-based side.

Speaking to the New York Post, Woodson said on his future: “When you lose, everybody tends to reach. Sometimes you might send the wrong message. I think you learn a lot about your basketball team when you do lose.

"They learn a lot about each other. The character changes a little bit. We’ve had some struggle, a lot of struggles. I don’t think they’re tuning me out. They’re still listening but just not getting it done on the basketball floor.

“That’s the frustrating part of it. We’re in games. We’re competing. Then all of a sudden we forget how to compete. That’s strange as hell from a coaching standpoint.

"We got to keep working through it. I’m not going to quit. That’s just not my nature. I hope these guys don’t quit. I don’t think they are quitting."

The New York Knicks remain three places off an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite their win against the Timberwolves.

Woodson will be hoping to build on their recent win in Minneapolis by beating the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.


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