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NBA notebook: Knicks reward Mike Woodson, remove interim tag; Spoelstra fined $25K

Published: Friday, May 25 2012 9:17 p.m. MDT

NEW YORK — One playoff victory was good enough for Mike Woodson to return as New York Knicks coach — even with Phil Jackson lurking as a potential candidate.

Woodson knows more will be asked of him now.

"I know expectations are high and they should be high," Woodson said during a conference call, "and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

The Knicks removed the interim tag Friday and announced they had given Woodson a multiyear contract extension, rewarding him for a terrific finish to what had been a turbulent season.

Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 record after replacing Mike D'Antoni on March 14.

SPOELSTRA FINED $25K: The NBA fined Miami coach Erik Spoelstra $25,000 on Friday for "critical public comments" about officiating in the Eastern Conference series with Indiana.

Spoelstra was quoted by several media outlets saying the NBA "does not have a problem" with Indiana committing hard fouls on Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Spoelstra told reporters he counted more than 12 instances where Heat players were struck in the face by the Pacers this season.

Jazz coach Ty Corbin to appear on NBA TV

NEW YORK (May 25, 2012) - Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin will join NBA TV's GameTime as a guest analyst on Sunday, May 27. On Sunday, Corbin will join host Vince Cellini and analysts Brent Barry and his former Atlanta Hawks teammate Steve Smith at 5 p.m. MT to preview the Western Conference Finals. Corbin's appearance on NBA GameTime will mark his first visit to Turner Studios in Atlanta.Corbin on TV

Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin will join NBA TV's GameTime as a guest analyst on Sunday. Corbin will join host Vince Cellini and analysts Brent Barry and his former Atlanta Hawks teammate Steve Smith at 5 p.m. MT to preview the Western Conference Finals.

It's Corbin's first appearance on NBA GameTime will mark his first visit to Turner Studios in Atlanta.

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