Indiana’s head coach Mike Woodson He has certainly shaped the Hoosiers’ basketball program since returning to his alma mater. So far, Woodson has his team ranked 11th in the country and 5-0 on the season. One year up, Woodson is 26-14 as head coach of Indiana and led his team to the NCAA tournament last year. He joined the former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on his Sirius XM show basketball and more to explain what it was like to return to Bloomington.
“Well, as you know, I’ve spent 34 years of my life in the NBA and I’ve been truly blessed.” Woodson said to Coach K. “Because that just doesn’t happen often to guys and I think the timing was right, coach. You know, when the job became vacant, all sorts of names for this job started swirling around. And I got the call as an assistant coach in the Knicks for an interview, you know, and Scott Dawson, our AD, wanted to speak to him, and I told him well I only speak to him when he gets on a plane and he flies to New York.
“And he did it the very next day, and he and I talked about, we sat together for about three, three and a half hours and just talked about basketball. And we talked about the vision of Indiana basketball. And I had my thoughts about it and he had his thoughts. He didn’t make a decision that day. About two weeks went by and I got a call at nine o’clock on a Sunday morning saying, ‘Hey, Coach, I’m taking you home.’ And it was the biggest thrill of my life.”
Woodson was the 315-365 NBA head coach for the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks from 2004-2014. Woodson was an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers (2014-18) and the Knicks (2020-21) before coming to Indiana.
With a win over Little Rock on Wednesday, Indiana went undefeated but saw a star Trayce Jackson Davis was slammed.
“No, I just said next man,” Woodson said after the game. ‘He and Galloway were outside; I said: Next man. That’s what this team has to be about. As a coach, I always cared about that. I’ve coached games where my best players weren’t in the line-up. I can’t wait for these guys. I still have to train and get the guys to play and play at a high level. I expect the boys to be ready to play.”
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Indiana takes on Jackson State on Friday before taking on No. 1 North Carolina aligns.