Larry Brown: ‘Wrong’ for Knicks to talk to Jackson, potential coaches; Woodson responds to reports (UPDATED)

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Larry Brown is a friend and mentor to Mike Woodson, so he understandably will defend him at every opportunity.

When Brown learned that Knicks GM Steve Mills had reached out to Phil Jackson, he didn’t think it was right.

“I spoke to Woody today and why was Phil Jackson talking to them? They got a coach,” Brown, the current SMU and former Knicks coach, told SNY.tv’s The Knicks blog by phone. “Woody’s just going to do his job I’m sure. But that’s not right.

“Woody’s got a relationship with Mr. Dolan, I can’t believe that he’d have done that.”

He added: “Things like that happen in the NBA, it happened to me twice.”

USATSI_7777548_110579513_lowresIt’s unclear if the Knicks are interested in Jackson coming to New York to be the GM or the coach, but it’s hard to imagine him reporting to Mills if he ever came to the Knicks. Brown said Jackson would likely want complete organizational control and would only want to report to owner Jim Dolan.

“Jackson’s not going to take that job unless they give him all the money and complete control, I don’t think,” Brown said. “I don’t want to speak for him. But they got a coach. Mike’s the coach. And I spoke to him today. He’s a resilient guy. He’s going to do the best he can.”

The Knicks enter tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz 5 1/2 games back of the No. 8 seed in the East, and the widespread perception in New York is that Woodson won’t return as the coach next season. Many wonder why Dolan hasn’t put him out of his misery already.

“As I sit here today I’m the coach of the New York Knicks and I’m not going to entertain anything about Phil,” Woodson said pre-game. “I have a great deal of respect for Phil Jackson but I’m not going to entertain anything about Phil Jackson. My job is to try to get this team to play at a high level and we got a big game tonight against Utah and we gotta get ready to play.”

Neither Mills nor owner Jim Dolan has given Woodson a public show of support and have left Woodson to answer questions about the team’s uncertain future and his questionable status going forward.

“Again guys, I’m the coach of the Knicks,” Woodson said. “To me that means a lot. This is 30 years of me being in the NBA and I enjoy what I do…This has been kind of a rollercoaster ride for our ballclub this year but on the flipside of that is that we still have an opportunity to make the playoffs. Any coach, the only thing you can ask is being able to get in the playoffs.”

Brown insists Woodson will fight until the very end and try to make the Knicks viable.

“Woody’s great,” Brown said. “He’s going to coach and do the best he can. He’s on a one-game winning streak and he’s got a game tonight so I know him. He’ll just keep plugging away.

“But I don’t know how you work for somebody and 1) you know you have a coach and 2) you approach another coach, and that coach would never talk to you,” Brown said. “That doesn’t make sense to me.”

The Knicks didn’t approach Jackson the last time around when there was an opening.

“Why would you talk to the Knicks when you know they have a coach?” Brown said of Jackson.

“But I feel for the players as much as Woody. They’re fighting to make the playoffs. There’s still 20 games left and they’re still trying to win, and I know he’s trying to win. Hopefully, they’ll get some healthy people back and it will work out alright.”


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.





97 comments
justin m
justin m

NOW IT LOOKS LIKE EVERY OTHER BUILDING ON LONG ISLAND. LONG ISLAND PEAKED IN THE EARLY 80'S AND HAS DONE NOTHING, I REPEAT NOTHING TO KEEP ITSELF RELEVANT

jethrono9
jethrono9

Anybody else losing patience with the people who run this messed up blog, with the 17 month old Knick post's that have been invading this Isles thread? Who runs this thread, the US Justice Dept?

Michael
Michael

One step closer to their triumphant return.


inb4brooklynretards start bloviating 

Mike T.
Mike T.

@Michael If people who have nothing better to than continually bash the Brooklyn move stay home, I view that as a HUGE plus, and one of the many benefits of the move.  That type of negativity really doesn't need to be around.  The great thing is that those "fans" be easily replaced by the numerous others who wish to take advantage of the countless mass transit options now available to get to games that they otherwise would be unable to attend.  The sooner the the small mindedness and xenophobia is eradicated from the Isles fanbase, the better.

Tugboat25
Tugboat25

A Billy Joel concert.


Gee, what a surprise.

Charlie Messing
Charlie Messing

Not those that voted for her, gave her the power and also more or less said "we like what you are doing keep up the good work"

chrisredux
chrisredux

my god put some money into this lameazz site and fix it, and you kidding or what..wangpuke must own it..


And dont worry the isles will be back in Nassau in the near future

primus
primus

Amazing how your so sure they will return with so many uncertainties. Mainly at the moment there is no deal for a pro level arena.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@chrisredux you wrote "And dont worry the isles will be back in Nassau in the near future."


You should hold your breath (and fingers) until they return. Show a little conviction in your opinion..

kevinpt
kevinpt

@chrisredux Interesting how you have faith the team will be back in Nassau, but absolutely no faith in the team itself.

Lee Forman
Lee Forman

The franchise died a slow and miserable death in Nassau. Ready for a new chapter in Brooklyn

chudogz1
chudogz1

Mind ur business Larry... WoodRow has sucked all year. His time is up in NYC

bb_dot
bb_dot

@Jerry Gee @bb_dot  I didn't know the choice was between Herb and Patrick. You should have clarified that.. hard to read your mind, I thought you were talking about dream scenarios. Patrick being a HOF player means zip for his coaching as he has been learning painfully over the years.


And not sure how much of the cats "winning" should to be attributed to him. Seems like conjecture. Look, all I'm saying is that Ewing has a history of not getting any head coaching jobs even though he has been trying really hard. Maybe there is something to that?

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

What makes you think Mark Jackson is leaving the Splash Brothers?

bb_dot
bb_dot

@Jerry Gee  There are better assistants than Ewing if it comes to dream scenarios. I understand loyalty but I prefer winning.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

On the SAS radio show today Woody said "with all of the injuries and not having 10 bodies for practice sometimes made it hard." 

Well well. 

So what about working on fundamentals:  passing and catching, four on four, defensive shell, boxing out, break your offense down to 3 man games, etc.

His excuses are just like him. They suck.

bb_dot
bb_dot

“Woody’s just going to do his job I’m sure. But that’s not right."


LB is an idiot. If I was running the Knicks I would talk to everybody and their janitor at this point. This coaches-sticking-up-for-coaches nonsense has to stop. If you are terrible at your job, then interviewing other people is fair game, period.

Marvel
Marvel

lmaoooo.. guys mad we talking to phil while woody is the coach,???



y'all are smoking some strong sht


lobcity1
lobcity1

Book it- Phil is coming here for sure. I just know he is.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

I wonder how the team will respond tonight to the hope and possibilities. 

Sandro
Sandro

@firebaldy

They're playing Utah. Believe it or not, they're favorites to win this one.

They'll win and people will make a big deal out of it, saying that the roster is highly motivated by the idea of getting Jackson here and will make a push for the playoffs with a 10 game winning streak.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Sandro @firebaldy  Probably only the players who stand to benefit, meaning the ones who think they will be part of team next year, will play hard. The other slackers will probably tank.

Sandro
Sandro

@firebaldy @Sandro

Phil Jackson said this roster was ish. I don't think he would like to keep anyone besides Melo, and that is if he's willing to operate on a free flow system...so maybe we're going to lose anyway lol.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Sandro @firebaldy  I said the ones who "think" they might be here next season. If I were an NBA player I would play hard as he(( to big up my worth. Some of these guys are just plain stupid and lazy.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Triangle offense isn't exactly free flow lol...but its a great way for a wing to attack like Melo...ala Kobe...ala MJ.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Tommy Dee @_TommyDee      

Talked about the Phil stuff at length 2 years ago. Talked about it recently. Show Melo the rings. Riley/ Ewing all over again. #knicks


Tommy was on the Phil train...Lol.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Adam Zagoria @AdamZago      

Woodson: "I'm the coach of the Knicks and for me that means a lot...This has been kind of a rollercoaster ride for our ballclub this year."


Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria      

Woodson: "But on the flipside of that we still have a chance to make the playoffs." #Knicks

bb_dot
bb_dot

@MeloStat301  How has it been a "rollercoaster", I wonder? Wouldn't that mean we had good stretches as well?

cj1786
cj1786

OR maybe the truth is really that the Knicks were talking about a front office role since 1) like the article pointed out, they already have a coach 2) Jackson has strongly suggested that he doesn't really want to coach (especially a team this far from a title) and  3) this is now what is actually being reported.  



MeloStat301
MeloStat301

On Kevin Love telling Tyson to F*** Off...


Jon Krawczynski@APkrawczynski      

For what it's worth, Love and Chandler are buddies going back a long time. Playful banter back and forth.

rgm891
rgm891

So the Utah Jazz??? We will spend more time talking about PJ than the actual game while the Knicks are playing

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Jonah Ballow@jonahballow      

Kenyon Martin is out of his boot but Woodson said he is not ready to do any on-court work yet. Not sure of return. #Knicks 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

Now here is what could've actually happened. The press got wind of Mills going to meet with Phil and everypne just ASSumed it was to offer him the coaching job (which could have been a phone question). I believe Mills did not fly all the way there to propose a coaching thing. It was more let's negotiate FO power issues.

rico
rico

Mills flew out there to get away from freezing new york and the flames of his occupational failures

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Adam Zagoria@AdamZagoria      

Woodson: "I have a great deal of respect for Phil Jackson but I'm not going to entertain anything about Phil Jackson." #Knicks