Woodson: 'I'm going to be back'

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson reiterated that he fully expects to return from the All-Star break as the head coach of the New York Knicks.

Woodson was asked if he has received any assurances that he will definitely be back after this weekend’s break.

“Again guys this is not about me,” Woodson said at the Knicks facility on Monday. “Unless you guys know something I don’t know, then the only thing I can say is I’m going to be back.

"Unless you guys know something, I’m the coach of the Knicks and that’s all I know at this point.”

The Knicks (20-31) were scheduled to practice today but opted to have a recovery day with a light walkthrough. Woodson’s team has lost three of the last four games and Wednesday’s game against Sacramento (17-34) is pivotal.

The Knicks -- who are two games out of eighth in the East -- need every win they can get, especially against an inferior team at home. Of the Knicks’ remaining 31 games, 19 will be on the road. So obviously Woodson and the Knicks need a win over the Kings going into the break.

On Sunday in Oklahoma City, Woodson said he expected to be back as coach following the All-Star break. He also said that the players are aware that his job security has become a daily issue.

“They know it’s dangling,” Woodson said on Sunday in Oklahoma City according to reports. “My theme to our players is that ‘Woodson’s a big boy. He’s been around the block a few times.’ It’s a part of the business if it happens.

"It’s never been about me. You’ve got to worry about the makeup of your team and how you compete on the practice floor and when you take the court.’’