Mike Dean Woodson is a former professional basketball player and basketball coach from the United States. Michael Dean Woodson is the men’s basketball coach for the Indiana Hoosiers.
Broad Ripple Magnet High School was where the former NBA player played high school basketball. He chose to attend Indiana University after graduation because it was close to home. In addition, he was a member of the Indiana Hoosiers’ basketball team.
Family and Childhood
The player’s father was a working-class man who supported his family by working various jobs. He manicured lawns, delivered pianos, and managed Laundromats. His mother, too, was a trained nurse. They were both frail and in terrible health the majority of the time. The former NBA player is the oldest of eleven siblings. As a result, Chester and Odessa put in a lot of effort to feed a family of fifteen. For the majority of their lives, the entire family had to live in a two-bedroom house. The coach’s childhood was marred by financial hardship and adversity. As a result, he comes from an extremely poor family.
As an Assistant Coach
From 1996 through 1999, he worked as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. From 2003 to 2004, he worked for the Detroit Pistons, when he helped the team win the NBA Championship under head coach Larry Brown.
As Head Coach
For the 2004–05 season, Woodson took over as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. In 2007–08, he led the Hawks to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. In each of the previous two seasons, Woodson has guided the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
New York Knicks
On August 29, 2011, the New York Knicks hired Woodson as an assistant coach under head coach Mike D’Antoni. Woodson was named interim head coach after D’Antoni resigned on March 14, 2012.
On April 21, 2014, Woodson and his whole coaching staff were fired from the New York Knicks after two and a half seasons as head coach. On September 29, 2014, the Los Angeles Clippers announced Woodson’s employment as an assistant coach. He did, however, leave the team in 2018. Woodson then worked as an assistant for the New York Knicks from 2020 to 2021.
New Jersey Nets
The New York Knicks selected Woodson in the 1980 NBA draught. He was a two-year starter with the New York Knicks before being traded to the New Jersey Nets. He was then moved to the Kansas City Kings from the New Jersey Nets. Woodson played in the NBA for ten years before retiring in 1990.
He concluded his career by playing for numerous teams, including New Jersey, Los Angeles, Houston, and Cleveland, where he made contributions.
Won Gold medal
The former basketballer also competed in the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the United States National Team. He went on to win a gold medal in the team competition as a result.
The Phoenix Suns were speculated to be planning to employ Woodson as an assistant coach under new head coach Igor Kokokov on May 22, 2018, a week after his release from the Clippers. The Suns, on the other hand, made no announcement