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Thursday, March 13, 2014
C's prez: We'll hate Knicks when Phil comes

By Ian Begley



The Knicks' hiring of Phil Jackson is going to add a little fuel to the Knicks-Celtics rivalry.

So says Boston Celtics president Rich Gotham.

"It'll just give us one more reason to not like the Knicks," Gotham told HuffPost Live. "In Boston we like to have good reasons to not like the New York teams, particularly the Knicks, if you're the Celtics.

"Phil, he's the guy who is the challenger to Red Auerbach's record for most titles won as a coach, so bring it on. Give us a little more fuel for the rivalry. I don't want to say anything about the people who are there now, but having a guy like Phil around, it's all good fun for us, because he's one of our nemeses."

Jackson actually has more titles than Auerbach as a head coach. Jackson has an NBA-record 11 titles as a head coach. Auerbach won nine as a coach. But Red had 16 as both a coach and executive. Jackson has 13 total rings (coach and player) and hopes to add to that title total with the Knicks. He is expected to come to an official agreement with the Knicks later this week to serve as president of basketball operations.

Woody to air gripes with Dolan? There is widespread speculation that Mike Woodson will be replaced at the end of the season. His job security has been a topic of discussion for most of the year. Somewhat surprisingly, no member of Knicks ownership or the front office has addressed Woodson's status publicly to quell the speculation. Given that circumstance, Woodson was asked on Thursday if he felt he has been treated unfairly at all this year.

Woodson wouldn't get into details on his radio spot on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show," but the coach did mentioned that he may want to talk to Knicks owner James Dolan at some point after the season to discuss any unfair treatment.

"My thing is if there has been any unfairness to Mike Woodson, when the time comes we’ll sit down and talk, me and Mr. Dolan if that may be the case or whoever is in charge here," Woodson said. "I think at the end of the day it’s been tough on everybody because of the high expectations. I’m not running away from that or sitting here saying that I was not a part of it."

Woodson said J.R. Smith's five-game suspension at the beginning of the season was one of the reasons the team got off to a slow start. Smith sat out of the first five games of the regular season due to violating the terms of NBA's anti-drug program.

"I thought the J.R. situation put us behind early on, I really believe that to this day," Woodson said.

Tyson, Amar'e may play Saturday: Woodson said Tyson Chandler, who has missed two games for personal reasons, may play Saturday against Milwaukee. Woodson said he would know more about Chandler's status on Friday.

The coach expects Amar'e Stoudemire to play against the Bucks. Stoudemire missed Wednesday's game, taking what the team called a "recovery day" to rest his knees.

Tyson continues campaign to reduce demand for rhino horn and ivory: Chandler has been active with the NBA Cares program to try to curtail the demand for ivory and rhino horn. He recently filmed a public service announcement, along with several other NBA players, to try to educate the public on the detrimental nature of the demand for rhino horn and ivory. It can be viewed here.

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