As consolation prizes go, a winter weekend off in someplace warm is not so bad. That is the way Mike Woodson chose to look at it Monday, one day after the Heat secured the All-Star Game coaching assignment for its leader, Erik Spoelstra.
Woodson and the Knicks were running right to the deadline -- the coach of the team with the best record in each conference on Feb. 3 automatically gets the assignment -- but luck and the schedule left him just short. He declined to call it a disappointment.
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"Not really,'' Woodson said. "It would have been great if we were able to take my staff to Houston. I still live in Houston, I have a home there. I've been there 26 years, so yeah, it would have been nice. But on the flip side, it didn't work out that way, so we've got to go to Plan B."
Plan B is a mini-vacation. "I won't do a whole lot," he said. "I'm going to go somewhere and just take it easy for a few days and try to reflect on the first half and see how we can get better."
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"I don't know if he'll ever be 100 percent, but he will be good enough to give us some productive minutes,'' he said. "He'll never play big minutes. That's the beauty of having he and Camby and Kurt [Thomas] playing nine or 10 minutes. As long as they are productive minutes, that will help us. We've got old guys. They're not young bucks anymore, they're old now. I've got to be open-minded to that."
Frank happy for Tuna
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank was pumped after Bill Parcells, one of his mentors, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Frank was a team manager at Indiana University under Bob Knight, a friend of Parcells, and got to know the former coach.