During my two seasons of covering the NBA, the majority of head coaches have held their pre-game media scrum just outside of their teams locker room. On the rare occasion that a coach has wanted to switch it up they’ve conducted their scrum on the court while sitting on the visitors bench.
Not Mike Woodson.
Earlier this season I was invited into the visiting coaches office along with some other media members to chat with the Atlanta Hawks head coach. This situation was so rare that the players laying on the trainers tables did a double-take as a group of us media folk walked through an area we’re usually never allowed.
This experience was interesting for that reason and because it allowed me to see a head coach relax on a leather couch while fielding questions from members of the media. Chatting with a coach in this manner was great because everyone was more relaxed and casual and it had the vibe of catching up with a friend instead of conducting an interview.
While that was one of the highlights of my season, my interaction with Woodson this past week was even more rewarding.
When I showed up for his pre-game press conference there wasn’t any other beat writers around so I asked the Hawks PR team where coach would be conducting his pre-game media scrum. When he told me I could walk back and talk with him directly I couldn’t believe my good luck.
After I picked my jaw up off the floor I proceeded to walk to Woodson’s office where I had the chance to talk with him about the heavy minutes Joe Johnson has logged this season, why home court is so important to his team and he explained why his team currently 29-10 at home but nowhere close to that record on the road .