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New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson at Madison Square Garden in New York
New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson stand near the bench in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 14, 2012. New York Knicks Mike Woodson coaches in his first game as head coach replacing Mike D'Antoni. UPI/John Angelillo
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Michael Dean "Mike" Woodson (born March 24, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a retired American basketball player and former head coach of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

Woodson took over the job from Terry Stotts prior to the 2004-05 NBA season. He came to the Hawks after a stint as an assistant coach on the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons NBA Championship team and was a long-time assistant under Larry Brown. Woodson was known for getting the most of defensive players, allowing teams coached by him and Brown to limit opponents to just under 42% shooting. Woodson played college basketball at Indiana University and was a protege of legendary coach Bob Knight. He was the leading scorer on the 1979 Indiana team that won the NIT championship.

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