Knicks pick up option on Woodson's contract

09/30/2013 11:46 AM ET
By The Associated Press

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson's close ties with star Carmelo Anthony have endeared him to the team's brass.(AP)
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Knicks have picked up the option on coach Mike Woodson's contract for the 2014-15 season.

Woodson led the Knicks to a 54-28 record last season and their first Atlantic Division title since 1994. He is 72-34 since taking over for Mike D'Antoni late in the 2011-12 season, a .679 winning percentage that is second-best in franchise history.

New general manager Steve Mills said in a statement Monday that after spending time with Woodson recently that it was ''clear that picking up his option is an easy decision.''

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