Melo and Woodson
Anthony will be a free agent this summer, and given the Knicks’ rotten showing this season, the surety of re-signing him to a long-term contract has faded within the organization. There is a bit more urgency to cater to Anthony, a favorite of Knicks owner James Dolan. At least once during the season, Dolan huddled up with Anthony about the future of the team and what to do with Woodson.
Inevitably, Anthony backed Woodson, and that’s why he is still the coach.
That’s not to say the Knicks have not considered taking action on Woodson.
Those rumors reach as far back as early December, with the first report that the Knicks were seriously considering firing Woodson and pursuing former New York coach Jeff Van Gundy. Another report stated that Woodson was to be fired in mid-December if the Knicks’ game in Milwaukee—which they won in double overtime, in spite of themselves—didn’t go well.
-- Sporting News