Though Kerr has never been a coach, he has been mentioned as a candidate for Mike Woodson’s old job since Jackson was hired in March.
And the hypocrisy of pro basketball goes on. It’s a players’ league until the players lose. Then it’s the fault of the fella who didn’t take one shot all year. But Phil Jackson still had to can Mike Woodson.
Kerr has questions about coaching at MSG, where so many respected coaches have been chewed up and spit out over the past decade under owner James Dolan, according to the New York Daily News.
Calling games for TNT, he certainly knows the game and the players in it, and seems very intelligent and measured in his opinions.
New team president Phil Jackson made the decision Monday, saying in a statement “the time has come for change throughout the franchise.” This is the first big move for Jackson since his appointment in March.
Mike Woodson was nowhere to be seen during Thursday’s exit interviews and reportedly has no plans to meet with Phil Jackson face-to-face if the Knicks are intent on firing him.
Carmelo Anthony said he wants to stay in New York, and said he wants to win. It will be up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both.
Despite his plea after the Knicks’ final game of the season on Wednesday night against Toronto, the clock has reached zero on the time left in Mike Woodson’s coaching career for the Knicks.
Woodson won’t lobby to keep his job with New York. He believes he’s already proven he deserves it. And he’s hoping to get an answer soon from new president Phil Jackson.
Melo will miss the final two games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, ending his first playoff-less season and potentially his Knicks career.
Anthony was getting his sore right shoulder evaluated Tuesday morning and coach Mike Woodson says the Knicks’ leading scorer “probably won’t” play against the Nets. The Knicks end their season at home Wednesday against Toronto.
“I think it’s just troublesome to me to bring in Phil Jackson,” Brown said. “Not that he won’t be great, but let him coach … If that’s the way they want to do it, let him coach and give Woody a way to leave graciously.”
The Knicks gave up on themselves, their coach, their fans and their season. They laid down and gave up.
Now we’ll see if the Knicks can bounce back to defy that identity, or if they will react poorly to a bad loss and watch their season slide into oblivion.
The new team president seemingly doesn’t want to sit on the bench any longer, but he’s not going to find anybody that is going to do the job as well as he could.