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.
As bad as this season has been, and as good as another 50-win season would have been to experience, there is no contest as to which would have benefited the Knicks franchise more in the long run.
For now, Woodson said his only concern is trying to get the Knicks into the playoffs. Jackson was supportive of Woodson and said Tuesday they would have a discussion after the season, so for now Woodson has hopes of returning.
Jackson is off to quite a start in New York — and the fans are already responding. They stood for him in the first quarter and were on their feet again in the final minute to watch the Knicks beat the Pacers.
The hole might be too big to dig out of, but considering how the first 67 games of the season have gone, would you rule anything out for the final 15? I wouldn’t.
The press conference is presumably to introduce Phil Jackson as the newest member of the Knicks’ front office. What his position will be is not yet known, thought reports have suggested that he’ll be named director of basketball operations.
Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not impossible to believe Dolan would actually relinquish control to someone. The model is right in front of everyone’s eyes: Glen Sather and the Rangers.
Phil Jackson may one day return to the Knicks — just not as head coach. The team has reportedly offered the legendary coach a front office position. Jackson was said to be mulling the offer and expected to give his answer next week.
“I don’t think they’re tuning me out,” Woodson said about his players. “They’re still listening. We’re just not getting it done on the basketball floor, and that’s the frustrating part about it.”