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Source: Mike Woodson to join Clippers' coaching staff

Mike Woodson reacts during the second half of

Mike Woodson reacts during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Former Knicks coach Mike Woodson will be back on an NBA bench next season.

Woodson has agreed to join Clippers coach Doc Rivers' staff as an assistant, a league source confirmed.

Woodson compiled a 109-79 record in 21/2 seasons with the Knicks. Team president Phil Jackson fired Woodson and his entire staff five days after the Knicks finished a disappointing 37-45 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. Jackson replaced Woodson with Derek Fisher.

In May, while promoting a golf tournament later this month in Las Vegas, Woodson said he wanted to get back into coaching. Rivers, who is also the Clippers president of basketball operations, had several openings on his staff.

Before Woodson joined the Knicks as an assistant under Mike D'Antoni in 2011, he spent six seasons as the coach of the Atlanta Hawks and reached the playoffs three times. In 2012-13, Woodson guided the Knicks to a 54-28 record, their first Atlantic Division title since 1994 and first playoff series win in 13 years.

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