Knicks fire entire coaching staff, including Mike Woodson

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks have fired the entire coaching staff, including Mike Woodson, team president Phil Jackson announced.

Jim Todd, Darrell Walker and Herb Williams were also relieved of their duties.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a statement. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.

Mike Woodson“Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best.”

The Knicks announced that a “search for a new coaching staff will begin immediately.”

Woodson, 56, has gone 109-79 in two-plus seasons with the Knicks. According to Mike Lupica of the Daily News, all Knicks coaches following Jeff Van Gundy and leading up to Woodson went 185 games under .500, while Woodson was 30 games over .500 in his Knick tenure.

But after leading the team to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2013, Woodson’s team dealt with injuries throughout the season to Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani, Raymond Felton, Kenyon Martin and others and failed to live up to expectations. The Knicks did not make the playoffs in a poor Eastern Conference, finishing in ninth place, and have no draft pick in the upcoming loaded NBA Draft.

In a recent report, 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.

Harris Decker

This was inevitable and I’m honestly surprised it took this long. What is interesting is that with Phil Jackson, this is now going to be 100 percent his team. There’s no Herb Williams. No coaches being reassigned. They’re all out and now Jackson can begin the process of choosing replacements.

This also points to the power of Jackson. While Woodson and other may have been easy to let go of, Williams was a beloved member of the Knicks coaching staff and could have easily been kept by the next head coach. Instead, Jackson’s sweeping changes make it clear as crystal that he’s in charge and he won’t let things like friendship and loyalty stand between him and his goal of winning in New York.

Sam Spiegelman

When a team is as disappointing this year’s squad, falling from a No. 2 seed to out of the playoff picture, change is necessary — and that begins with the coaching staff.

Now let’s be real: the Knicks’ collapse wasn’t entirely Woodson’s fault, but when a team expected to contend fails to live up to expectations, there needs to be a scapegoat. In reality, there was inconsistent play and poor production out of a lot of key pieces, not to mention injuries. You have to wonder if Woodson allows a season like this to take place, if he’s even able to lead a championship-caliber team.

Who Jackson hand picks to be the new Knicks coach — whether it’s Steve Kerr or whomever — is going to be interesting. He has to find a coach that’ll satisfy one major criterium — making Carmelo Anthony want to stay in New York.


Frank Isola of the Daily News talks about the details surrounding Mike Woodson and his staff’s firing by Phil Jackson.




448 comments
Paul T DiGiovanna
Paul T DiGiovanna

Now he can go get a real job with a team that will have a chance to win someday....

tifoso6
tifoso6

i turned on the Memphis game.   And Beno is playing great. 12 points in 12 minutes.   Is this the same Beno who was in Woody's doghouse all season?   thank you Phil for firing the worst coach in the NBA.

Mike Banful
Mike Banful

A tremendous step in the right direction. Time to get to personnel to fit the system; albeit triangle or curls or pick and roll or pop.

RadioRah
RadioRah

I know many of us are prisoners of the moment including myself. I know Woody had to go. But to be honest I hate him far less than I hated Pat Riley or Isiah Thomas when they left. Thanks for your hard work Woody and your time here with my team as a winning coach. Good luck on the next journey.

That said. In Phil I trust. I'm enjoying the playoffs but can't wait for it to be over and things to start happening.

Jersey Joe
Jersey Joe

Terry Collins you bum, your next!

Daniel Goldberg
Daniel Goldberg

I'll miss his bald head. At least Craig Carton still has his!

tdzo
tdzo

So far, so good. This is just the beginning. Let's see Phil come up with a first round draft pick for this year.

latichever
latichever

Giving my brilliant son all the credit: he says Kerr should be the GM and Jackson the coach. That's what their history points to.

With Phil as GM and Steve as coach, you could have a Peter Principle twofer.

jax13
jax13

How many times is Avery Johnson gonna be on espn radio today?

jax13
jax13

The booth is always something Kerr can go back to.

jax13
jax13

I believe in Phil jax. If he believes in Kerr, I am on board.

Remember, Kerr was the gm in Phoenix who wanted Thibs as dantoni' s lead assistant for defense. Antoni did not want it and left. Also he did not want to give stat long term deal.

Phil jax will be his coaching mentor, Kerr also played under and is close with coach pop.

Again, I am cool with Kerr. He is a winner and if Phil believes, I do too!

1harris1
1harris1

I'd be very surprised if it wasn't Kerr. There's a reason he expects to receive the offer, and all indications are that he's taking it. Marv Albert was almost speaking about him in the past tense as a broadcasting partner last week.

Kerr comes across as smart, and he obviously has been a part of enough winning teams. My only concern about him is his personality and how that translates to the NY scene; but having Phil around as a daily sounding board is a major plus for him.

My prediction for Kerr's assistant coaches: Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis, Herb Williams.

knickfan2
knickfan2

@Elvis Maduro...you know we've agreed on this in the past, but with Phil in charge, that most likely won't happen.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@Elvis Maduro  he would lose his players though as soon as he references how he coached a bunch of chicks that have more heart than them 

1harris1
1harris1

I don 't think Kerr wants to be a GM. Been there, done that.

brookdon
brookdon

I wouldn't go that far. Herb was a product of nepotism, but he was a nice guy and wasn't involved with any scandals

1harris1
1harris1

Yeah, I guess. I tend to think his importance to the franchise has been overstated in recent years. He's a back end assistant coach, who has no say in what goes on with the team. Keeping him or firing him has no bearing on the team's success or lack therof.

jax13
jax13

Good point :)

jax13
jax13

No no I am. Begley was saying does he want to leave the comfort of the booth.....that will always be there for him. I like him as our coach. He is a winner, will have Phil's support and be his protege, he played for pop, was a good executive. I think he would be great for us.....

jax13
jax13

Exactly.......hopefully he is a young red holzman

HopeForTheBetter
HopeForTheBetter

@latichever  damn 16. how old does that make you? atleast 40... i hope


anyway judging by his opinion... he's smarter than most posters on here

jax13
jax13

That is true. I like Kerr, just cause he is not outspoken does not mean he cannot lead the knicks.

HopeForTheBetter
HopeForTheBetter

@jax13  Trust me once Phil shows Kerr that check.... that booth wont be so "comfortable" anymore

jax13
jax13

Also 5 rings....

rgm891
rgm891

@hopeforthebetter. I cannot wait to play the team woodson goes to if he lands another nba gig.

lindro88
lindro88

He coaches the Liberty now, doesn't he?

HopeForTheBetter
HopeForTheBetter

@lindro88  


Excuse me.... HopefortheBetter is HopefortheBetter


also known as ExpectTheWorst or Melo2NYPlz


Dont buy into the crap Biggie is spewing

lindro88
lindro88

What was the bet? Also I thought "hopeforthebetter" was the real Biggie. Btw, don't forget our bet. If Melo leaves, I will buy you two tix to Knicks/Clips.

HopeForTheBetter
HopeForTheBetter

@Elvis Maduro  I mean its not not like he spends much time on this blog...


..... the last time he commented was what...?


.... approximately 29 minutes ago ?


Plus he's only left about 5 to 10 comments on this post within the past hour or so

HopeForTheBetter
HopeForTheBetter

@Elvis Maduro nah Biggie's a good guy... He probably hasn't come across your comment yet