Mike Woodson: My interest right now is still coaching

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is seen on Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is seen on the sidelines against the Toronto Raptors in the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

advertisement | advertise on newsday

As the Knicks continue pursuing Steve Kerr to be their new coach, their old one is hoping to get back in the game.

Mike Woodson, whom the Knicks fired April 21, said he wants to coach next season.

"My interest right now is still coaching," Woodson said during a phone interview promoting his golf tournament in Las Vegas in July. "I enjoy doing it. I've been doing it for the last 20-plus years and I love the NBA."

Woodson still has one season remaining on his Knicks contract, but he said he doesn't want to take a year off. The Lakers, Jazz and Warriors have openings. But it doesn't appear Woodson is a candidate for them at this point.

"We'll see," Woodson said. "We just got to let nature take its course and see what happens."

Woodson went 109-79 in 21/2 seasons as the Knicks' coach. He guided them to one Atlantic Division title and a playoff series victory in 2013. But Woodson was dismissed after the Knicks went 37-45 this past season.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

He wouldn't talk about the Knicks, or take any questions about them.

An avid golfer, Woodson is looking forward to The Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational July 20-22 during the NBA Summer League. The outing benefits the Nations of Coaches.

Since being fired, Woodson has appeared on NBA TV discussing playoff games. He liked it, but he hopes he gets a call to be an assistant or head coach.

"[I'm] just taking it easy," he said. "Spending time with my family, and kind of reflecting a little bit and trying to get ready for the next go-round -- if it may be."

Dedes' radio-TV run ends.Spero Dedes and MSG Network have parted ways, ending his three-season run as the Knicks' radio play-by-play man and TV fill-in for Mike Breen.

Dedes cited a desire to expand his national announcing portfolio, which created scheduling complications.

You also may be interested in: