James Dolan tried to stop Phil Jackson from firing Mike Woodson’s assistant coaches, including Herb Williams (Isola, April 23).
The report said there was “minor friction” between the owner and the president.
“Among the coaches fired on Monday was long-time assistant Herb Williams, who is well-liked in the organization. Within one hour, there was a report that the organization would ‘encourage’ the next head coach to keep Williams. It was an odd story, which read like it was planted by someone other than Jackson, because why would Jackson fire Williams and then encourage the next coach to rehire him?” Isola wrote.
Jackson may also be looking to change medical staff, trainers and more, but Dolan may have stepped in on those decisions as well.
A separate report said that Steve Mills, Allan Houston and Mark Warkentien could be reassigned within the organization or fired (Beck, April 23).