Thursday, March 20, 2014
Woody: I 'absolutely' should coach Knicks
By Ian Begley
Mike Woodson says he should stick around for the Phil Jackson era. Do you agree?
NEW YORK -- It's widely believed that New York Knicks president Phil Jackson will bring in a new coach next season.
Many envision Jackson bringing in Steve Kerr, Brian Shaw or another disciple of his triangle offense to coach the team in 2014-15.
Mike Woodson hasn't talked to Jackson about his future yet. But he said on Thursday that "it would be fantastic" if Jackson kept him as coach next season. He is under contract for next season.
"At the end of the day, Phil is going to make the final decision on who he wants to coach his team and I've got to respect that," Woodson said Thursday in an interview on ESPN 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show." "If I sit here today and you ask me do I think I'm the guy for this job? Absolutely, I do. I know these players, I've been with them for now three years and I think I can coach. But again it's still going to be up to Phil and [Knicks owner James] Dolan to make that final decision."
Woodson also said that he's "OK" with the idea that Dolan offered Jackson an opportunity to coach the team earlier this season.
"When you're talking about going out and bringing someone in, what better coach to bring in? I can't be upset with that. It doesn't get much better than Phil Jackson," he said. "He's here as the president and coach Mike Woodson is still coaching the Knicks. I'm bigger than that. This is Mr. Dolan's team and he's entitled to talk to anybody about a coaching position. He just happened to talk to one of the greatest coaches to grace our game, so that's OK."
The Knicks (28-40) have performed well-below expectations this season. They are four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot with 14 games to play. According to Elias Sports Bureau, only one team in the past 30 years has overcome a deficit of at least four games with at least 14 games to play to make the postseason.
Knicks ink Brown, let Clark go: The Knicks signed guard Shannon Brown, an former Laker who played under Jackson, for the rest of the season. They let the contract of Earl Clark expire. The Knicks now have an open roster spot. It is unclear at this point if they plan to fill it.
Question: Do you think Jackson should keep Woodson as coach for next season?