Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson gestures during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Mike Woodson says he has nothing to prove with New York Knicks

The New York Knicks started out this 2013-14 campaign in pretty awful fashion, and it’s a trend that has only turned around recently. But after hearing twice that he’s going to be fired within a week of said reports being sent out, Mike Woodson is still the coach of the New York Knicks and he’s starting to fight back at the criticism he’s faced all year long.

Woodson spoke about the flak he’s taken this year before the Knicks win against the Milwaukee Bucks this weekend and noted that despite what people say about him, he has nothing to prove as coach of the Knicks.

Per ESPNNewYork:

“I don’t think I need to prove anything as a coach. I’ve never felt that way. I try to do my job the best I can do, and if you’re gonna judge me on 16 games, then that’s on you,”

The quote comes after the Knicks hired Phil Jackson to run the team, a move that has cast serious doubt over Woodson’s future as head coach. His response that he has nothing to prove is Woodson’s retort to those saying he needs to use the rest of the season to audition for the 2014-15 coaching job, something Woodson clearly thinks he’s qualified for and proven he can do.

Woodson may think that, but the Knicks and Phil Jackson may think differently.

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