Dolan targeted Jackson as coach first, making clear Woodson’s clock is running out

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Knicks owner James Dolan admitted he first approached Phil Jackson about coaching the Knicks, and only later did they agree that he would become President.

That should tell you that Mike Woodson’s clock will run out after this season.

USATSI_7813998_110579513_lowres“We started off there, we quickly moved on from there,” Dolan said when asked if he approached Jackson about coaching the team.

Jackson said he has spoken with Woodson and “supports” him — at least for now.

“I will be visiting the team this week, before the game on Wednesday against Indiana,” Jackson said. “I had a conversation with Mike Woodson supporting him and going forward to try to make the playoffs this year. The team has had a little run and we are anticipating it is going to be a good one and that they will be able to make the playoffs.”

Jackson reiterated his commitment to the principles of the triangle offense and it is widely assumed that he will hire someone with knowledge of it. Steve Kerr, Brian Shaw and Bill Cartwright have all been linked to the job, with Kerr declining to comment specifically to SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

“Mike has shown that he’s a very good basketball coach, he’s had a difficult season,” Jackson said. “He’s turning this team into a contender for the playoffs. Hopefully, he can make that happen. We will have discussions at the end of the season with Mike considering going forward.”

Later during an interview on ESPN Radio in New York, Jackson said there were “5-10″ coaches who “impress” him, so Woodson should probably polish up his resume.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




44 comments

The jump from Dolan targeting Jackson as coach first to Woodson's days being numbers doesn't hold much water with Jackson now making basketball decisions (if we're to believe that is true). It's now Jackson's decision to make.  On the flip side, I do think Woodson's days are numbers based on record and approach. Woodson doesn't have the same clout with players that the Jets have with Ryan, which resulted in his extension in a similar situation when Idzik came on board. 

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

If you hear the whole interview clearly Jackson is calling the shots so what Dolan wanted before doesn't matter if Phil wants to keep Woody he will.

hashburry
hashburry

Dolan is such an idiot, he doesn't even know when to work around a question.  Why admit he asked Jackson about coaching while he still has a coach?


Those are some pretty rosy glasses, playoffs?  5 games down in the loss column with 15 to go.  Gotta love those odds.

buddhabing
buddhabing

Hope good vibes carry over to tomorrows' game. Jackson bringing house down when they introduce him during game.

newyorker9
newyorker9

I'm really glad that CAA isn't going to be able to ruin this franchise anymore. 

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

Phil coming in, Dolan going away, Woodson getting the boot. This has been a great day for the Knicks!

buddhabing
buddhabing

Woodson doesn't have a chance to return in my opinion. His inability to coach players that weren't in his circle of trust; so to speak ,regardless of performance has to really weigh heavily against him. He put too much trust in guys that were undependable and that will be his downfall.

newyorker9
newyorker9

nobody cares about the Rangers Mike. talk more about the Knicks

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Wonder if Phil told Dolan at Irving azoff's party "Jim, what the hell are you doing with the knicks??  Your not qualified to run a basketball team"  Lol....Dolan keeps yelling that he isn't qualified.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

James Dolan Interview: "I...you know...I...you know...its..just I...you know...I..well..you know..cackle....you know"


SMH.

newyorker9
newyorker9

Dolan said it was easy to give up the authority to Jackson. 

rico
rico

Dolan said, he wasn't asking him about coaching this year. 


Dolan really has big problems speaking. He needs a speech coach. No wonder he doesn't talk to the media. 

rico
rico

@hashburry  But Dolan said "I wasn't offering him a job for this year, I just asked if he would coach again and then we moved onto other things"


I dislike Dolan as much as the next guy but i thought he answered the question decently, honestly and did not prevaricate!   I take exception to this blog entry because clearly Zagoria didn't hear the Dolan's answer just took it out of context and created and attack blog entry.  The first thing they teach you in journalism school is NOT to quote out of context.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@zdiddy4nyk  Signing their players is one thing. Letting them tell you how to run your team is another. Even they would know better than to try to pull that with Jackson onboard.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@zdiddy4nyk  They owe us one or two of those big name guys for taking on Bargs and the younger Smith brother lol.

newyorker9
newyorker9

@buddhabing  if you wanna see the replay of the press conference go to youtube.com type in 

phil jackson named president of new york knicks. it's going to be the first video on the webpage

babyface
babyface

@Seth Plaut Don't get your panties in a bunch quite yet.  Two words: Donnie Walsh.

newyorker9
newyorker9

@buddhabing  he's gone man. now that Phil has full authority he's officially a dead man walking.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@MeloStat301  To be fair, he finally is doing interviews honestly, and you are going to critique his articulation? 

lobcity1
lobcity1

@Biggie its difficult bc he keeps making the same mistakes.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@rico  Totally agree. It's almost like he has a speech impediment. That can be corrected with the proper therapy.

denelor
denelor

@rico @hashburry  In Zags defense, the first thing most journalists do when they need a headline is look for a good quote to take out of context. 

buddhabing
buddhabing

@carl hill @buddhabing  i hear you. Nonetheless he is part of the media. Smart, savvy people in charge should have no problems handling reporters like that. Shouldn't fear them.

denelor
denelor

@rico  Sure, I agree with you.  I guess I was just making a general comment on the terrible state of journalism.  Why bother quoting accurately or with context when you're driving motivation is page views?

rico
rico

F they're hacks, muck-rackers, absolutely desperate for eyeballs maybe. There is so much to blog about today.. This is just wrong.

It makes me very uncomfortable defending Dolan but iin this case he qualified the comment emphatically

buddhabing
buddhabing

@zdiddy4nyk @buddhabing  No doubt but they took advantage of Dolan and the Knicks by pushing their agenda on such a clueless organization at the time. They know they overstepped their bounds. They knew they could get over on Dolan. Now they will have to keep it professional with a guy like Jackson in charge.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@SheSaidSpikeWho @buddhabing  Would have been a good gesture by MSG to take his question. It would have signaled a lessening of the KGB atmosphere that has suffocated this team. Wonder if they are going to still have the P.R guy following Jackson to monitor his interviews.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@newyorker9 @buddhabing  That goes without saying about Jackson making decisions but did Dolan admit to being influenced by CAA? That would be a major indictment against him.