With Mike Woodson’s status still unresolved heading into the Easter weekend, Carmelo Anthony offered no comment other than a smile when asked about the coach’s future with the Knicks.
“He’s gotta go, guys,” someone near Anthony said as the Knicks star was whisked away Friday night following the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center.
The person was referring to Anthony’s imminent departure from the media, not Woodson’s fate with the Knicks.
Anthony was on hand to support the event and offer MVP awards to Duke-bound big man Jahlil Okafor and Kansas pledge Cliff Alexander, both of whom are projected lottery picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, when the Knicks will have a pick, as opposed to 2014, when they do not.
“They stellar. They aint the top of the crop for no reason, so I think they very impressive today,” Anthony told SNY.tv of the big men. “Without a doubt [they can play in the NBA], without a doubt.” To read more of this story, click here
A decision on the fate of Mike Woodson is expected to linger until next week (Broussard, April 18).
Rumors are swirling that Woodson will be fired and the Knicks will hire Steve Kerr as the next head coach (TKB, April 18).
Steve Kerr “absolutely expects” an offer to coach the Knicks, now that Phil Jackson is the president of the organization (Willis, April 18).
If Kerr is offered the job, he would take it, an unnamed source said in the report.
Kerr is a former player and general manager who now calls games for TNT. He has no coaching experience.
He was a member of the Bulls from 1993-1998, when Jackson was coaching the team, which means he’s familiar with the triangle offense.. They won three championships together.
Back in March I discussed at length why Kerr was the man
for the job. He played under Phil Jackson with the Bulls, understands how the game has progressed through the years as an analyst for TNT and has no coaching background. While in many cases the lack of experience on the bench would be a negative, with Jackson as the teams President it is a positive.
Jackson knows the right way and the wrong way to coach a team. He wants a coach in there that will do it his way. That’s not to say Kerr won’t have some original ideas but as we saw with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra in Miami, this is the recipe for success.
I believe it is a all but certain that Kerr becomes the next Knicks coach. There have been no rumors about other guys on the market and while Mike Woodson is technically still employed by the Garden, it seems all but certain that will to come to an end in the coming days.
I like the idea of Kerr manning the Knicks’ sidelines, but I’ve got one major beef: he’s never been a head coach before.
So there’s an argument to be made that neither Mark Jackson or Jason Kidd were head coaches before they took the Warriors and Nets jobs, respectively, and Kerr could be the next point guard-turned-coach. But will a rookie head coach force ‘Melo out of town?
Kidd’s first year coaching didn’t impact Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, and in fact they bought into it. I don’t know Kerr’s relationship with Anthony — if there even is one — but if I’m Phil Jackson I want to do what I can to keep my superstar, and that includes getting his take on who will be the next coach.
The Knicks are making me sick. Since the day Phil Jackson was hired, the writing has been on the wall in permanent ink. Mike Woodson’s days in New York are numbered and the Knicks need to make the cut now!
It was torture to watch Woodson squirm over the past few months. He did a valiant job trying to make a run at a playoff spot but came up a few games short. Woodson deserves to be fired but I can’t imagine why it’s taking so long. There is no reason to prolong the inevitable.
Thursday morning, during the exit interviews, Woodson was nowhere to be found. According to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley, Amar’e Stoudemire said that he spoke with Steve Mills and Phil Jackson during the exit interviews and that he didn’t see Woodson at the facility. The only way I could see Woodson still being a member of the Knicks is if the team were planning to retain his services next year. I just don’t see that being the case.
While it wasn’t apparent early in the season, it was easy to see Woodson losing the locker room as the season neared it’s final days. Once again, Stoudemire didn’t hide his emotions. He told SI that, “There were times when we didn’t quite buy into it and as a result of that, we lost games.” For a star player to say that the team wasn’t “buying in” says a lot about the coach. Woodson has to go.
I’ll wonder why he wasn’t fired last night, this morning or even right as we speak for weeks. It doesn’t make sense for him to be here a minute more than is absolutely necessary and now there are no games left on the schedule, it is no longer necessary. Jackson and Mills need to take care of business and put a bow on Woodson career in New York.
On this week’s show – Moke Hamilton and Harris Decker wrap up the season, recap their predictions from earlier in the year, and discuss Phil Jackson’s plan for Mike Woodson in the coming days.
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- Moke and Harris say hello
- Knicks season in review
- Recapping Moke and Harris’ woeful predictions (13:30)
- Let’s get our “Weekly Phil” (20:40)
- Why would the Knicks sign Lamar Odom?
- Around the League – Playoff Preview (32:05)
- Moke and Harris say goodbye
Carmelo Anthony, coming off what he said was the toughest year of his career, said he wants to return to the Knicks, but also wants to win.
“I want to come back. I want to come back. But I also want to win,” he said (Iannazzone, April 17).
He also said that he’s not concerned about money at this point in his career. ‘Melo, who can become a free agent in the offseason, can re-sign with the Knicks for the most amount of money: five-years and $129 million. But he doesn’t want to be here if the team is rebuilding.
“I’m not at the point in my career where I want to rebuild,” he said (Begley, April 17). “I’m going to keep searching for the answers (to what went wrong this season).”
Anthony said that missing the playoffs this year is “embarrassing” and that he can’t take the losing.
“I don’t know if I can afford another season of losing,” ‘Melo said. (Isola, April 17)
On the season’s final night, in what was likely Mike Woodson’s final game coaching the New York Knicks, the team had a very different look. With Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler on the bench, and with Carmelo Anthony beginning rehab on his torn labrum, the starting lineup was looking more like the new White Plains D-League team than that of the defending Atlantic Division champs.
Against this years Atlantic champions, that group put up a great battle and actually won.
J.R. Smith put the cherry on top of an excellent second half, leading the Knicks with 30 points. Another regular, Tim Hardaway Jr., turned in 18 points. The real stars of the game were Toure’ Murry and Cole Aldrich, two players who played a very limited role this year saw season highs in minutes and many statistical categories. Murry put up a career high 15 points and Aldrich pulled down a season high 16 boards. Aldrich also added 13 points, matching his season high.
It was nice to see a group of players that haven’t seen much time this year come out and truly fight to be a part of this teams future. The game itself might not have mattered to the Knicks but it definitely did to a handful of players. After the game Aldrich echoed that sentiment.
“We came out and we fought. We ended strong,” he said.
For Woodson this was likely his final game in New York. The Knicks coach failed to make the playoffs a season after winning 54 games and the Atlantic. After the game, he was somber.
“Is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but I don’t make that decision. That’s gotta come from the top,” Woodson said.
It’s been a tough season and no one knows that better than Woodson. With Anthony, Chandler and Felton on the shelf, it was a great way to end a disappointing season. We watched guys battle for a future in New York and now we can turn our attention to an offseason that is sure to be very, very interesting.
“Is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but I don’t make that decision. That’s gotta come from the top.”
-Mike Woodson after wrapping up the season against the Raptors on Wednesday night
Thanks to a comeback during the second half of the game, the Knicks (37-45) closed out their season by defeating the Toronto Raptors (48-34) by a score of 95-92 at Madison Square Garden Wednesday evening. >> Read the full recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: The Knicks came back from a 21-point deficit to tie the game during the third quarter.
J.R. Smith led the way with a 30-point game.
Cole Aldrich had his second double-double in as many games as he had 16 rebounds with 13 points against the Raptors.
New York outscored the Raptors 51-35 in the second half for the comeback win.
Update 8:24 p.m.: The Knicks have signed Lamar Odom to a two-year deal. The contract is guaranteed for the rest of this season — one game — and has a non-guaranteed option for 2014-15 (Begley, April 16).
Knicks President Phil Jackson announced Wednesday evening that he signed Lamar Odom for the remainder of the team’s season. New York did not disclose the terms of the deal (Knicks, April 16).
A league source has stated that the deal will have a team option for next season (Begley, April 16).
Odom last played for the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2012-13 season. The 6-foot-10, 221 pound forward has averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 33.4 minutes per game in 961 appearances during his career.