With Phil Jackson coming in, Woodson sees the handwriting on the wall

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Mike Woodson sounds like a man who knows his days are numbered.

He sounds like a man who sees the handwriting on the wall.

With Phil Jackson set to be introduced on Tuesday as the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations, Woodson seems to understand that he won’t be coaching the team for the 2014-15 season, even if he will be paid for next season. Jackson has reportedly signed on for five years at $12 million per.

“When someone new comes in, he has his own thought process and philosophy in terms of how he feels and how the shape of the team should be,” a somber and reflective Woodson said of Jackson prior to the Bucks game Saturday. “Until he gets here you just have no idea what he’s thinking and which direction he wants to go.”

Woodson said his only interactions with Jackson were from coaching against him as a head coach and an assistant, and meeting him at a Knicks’ event honoring the 1973 championship team.

It is widely believed that Jackson will hire one of his own disciples who is familiar with the triangle offense to coach the Knicks, with Steve Kerr and Brian Shaw having been mentioned.

Kerr previously declined to comment to SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog on his potential future with the team.

It’s also possible Jackson could hire a General Manager and oversee the team’s restructuring, which is expected to heat up beginning in 2015, when the Knicks will have salary-cap space and a first-round draft pick.

Steve Mills, the team’s current GM, has limited experience on the basketball side of things and also hasn’t spoken to the media since October. Neither Mills nor owner James Dolan has spoken to the media since the Jackson rumors began, and once again Woodson was left to talk about the future of the franchise.

“It’s basketball,” Woodson said. “They try to re-shape, they go through changes and this is no different. You bring in a great basketball mind into your organization and eventually it will be reshaped, so how and who and when, only time will tell.”

Woodson has 16 games remaining as the coach of the Knicks (26-40), who entered Saturday’s game 3 1/2 games back of Atlanta for the No. 8 seed in the East.

He said his main priority is trying to get the team into the playoffs, and doesn’t feel he needs to prove anything to Jackson or anyone else.

“I don’t think I need to prove anything as a coach, I’ve never felt that way,” he said. “I try to do my job the best I can do and if you’re going to judge me on 16 games, then that’s on you. I’ve tried to do the best I can do in terms of my every day approach to the game. We’ve had our ups and downs this year and I take full responsibility for that. But at the end of the day, we still have 16 games left, got a legitimate shot to make the playoffs and that’s where I’m pushing this team.”


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.

 

 

 




91 comments
James Smith
James Smith

Let Jimmy Dolan coach his own team...he is the genius who constructed this roster and traded away draft picks for the next 10 years...

Ron Bacher
Ron Bacher

Someone who understands the triangle offense

Ralfy Capone
Ralfy Capone

Allan Houston or Bruce Bowen would be a nice change up

Jim Hague
Jim Hague

I'd say my mother but she's dead

James Aaron Joyner Jr.
James Aaron Joyner Jr.

Mark Jackson when available. But since he's most likely under contract, I really dk. Just get Woodson outta here.

Scott Zubrinsky
Scott Zubrinsky

Woodson should be gone....East is so bad that only way he keeps job If they get the eight spot...This team has enough to get in playoffs and Woodson failed.

Jeffrey Acevedo
Jeffrey Acevedo

Coaches are just babysitters. Get the Knicks some decent players.

Neil Schuman
Neil Schuman

money paid to the team president doesn't count against the salary cap.

Jim Condame
Jim Condame

Phil jackson is over rated, the teams he "coached" to championships could have won with me coaching!!! Instead of pissing money away on him get another good player.

rico
rico

A lot of lakers and X lakers never really learned the Triangle, how do you think this group will do?



therealprof
therealprof

I think it is a forgone conclusion that the Triangle is going to be implemented in NY, which leads me to a question: If you all could pick one big man to run the triangle in NY, who would it be? I say Noah or Marc Gasol, one of whom is a free agent in 2015. I could even see Phil talking Pau into signing up for mini-MLE money this summer to help implement the system and then talking Marc into a family reunion in 2015.

tifoso6
tifoso6

For the triangle offense you need a center who is a very good passer.   Funny, we have such a center who has not been used by Woody this season except because of injuries.   His name is Cole Aldrich.   The under use of players this season by this coach has been horrible.  The guy just does not understand basketball.   Cole is a classic center when he rebounds and holds his hands high to grab the rebound he does not drop his arms to make the pass,  he correctly keeps his arms high and makes the pass.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

Bockers said :Phil will get LBJ  and not resign Melo when they opt out. Sefalosha from OKC is a FA as are L. Stephenson,Lowry and Hawes.


So please explain to me and everyone else how these moves are financially possible. The knicks are over the cap and when Melo opts out the knicks will still be way over the cap. So enlighten us all on how Phil will magically transform this roster next season. 


I think alot of us need to temper our expectation on what Phil will do next season. This is the same team we will have next season barring Melo leaves. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@akamarb "Phil knows what to do, how to build teams, and how to win," Anthony said. "That's the most important thing. When you know how to win -- whether you're a coach, whether you're in the front office -- that stands out."


"I'm a chess player. That was a power move right there. You know what I mean?" Anthony said. "So, now we're going to see what's the next move, but that was a great power move."


Melo is happy and pahsed by it...he is just wondering whats next..."ok you got Phil...don't think your done yet..lets see what u got up ur sleeve Jack"

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@akamarb  LOL it will not be like 99, we need to end on a ridiculous run and hope the Hawks continue their losing ways, thats not likely to happen

rico
rico

Ask Phil, ask Metta for that matta.

therealprof
therealprof

@thatsagoodpoint @akamarb  Yeah he is going to either be retained by the Pacers or overpaid by some other team. The Pacers have Evan Turner who fits that mold as well. 

therealprof
therealprof

@akamarb  Ron Harper was not a "passing point guard", he was an injured 2 guard unable to be the high volume scorer he was with the Clippers. Steve Kerr was a miniature Steve Novak and was useless outside of the 3 point shot. BJ Armstrong was a scrub. Derek Fisher was a good leader and a clutch shooter, but never much more. We have a guy on the roster that can be groomed into a triangle style PG, even if you dislike/despise him. You are right, signing Pau Gasol as a "major piece" would be a huge mistake, but as you stated earlier, next year will have a learning curve that could get ugly without a guy like Pau who has already done it and can help teach and facilitate the learning. Pau would really just be holding his little brother's place for a year and become a bench coach afterwards. 

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@akamarb Cole plays super aggressive D. Hes no star but he does not let guards run inside all game long and pretend "we got out schemed". Hes thorough down low. He doesnt tip rbs, he boxes out n grabs them. Hes a clean up guy but he is what we need. Him Tyler

dagawd
dagawd

He grew up in B-more and played in denver for 7 years so he would def Love H-town

rgm891
rgm891

@thatsagoodpoint I absolutely 100% agree. Would u rather go all in on marc gasol or LA in 2015 free agency if we do indeed run the triangle?

therealprof
therealprof

@akamarb  I understand your point, but I will evoke Jalen Rose in saying that the position title is only a title. The triange has no need for a traditional PG, but the networks will list him as such in the "lineups" graphic. Shump would essentially be a 2 in the triangle system, just like Timmy would be starting next to him. Dont get caught up in the label. 

therealprof
therealprof

@akamarb  The movement of the triangle eliminates the need for a primary ball handler, or much dribbling at all really. The Shumpert we saw at the beginning of the year before Woody/Trade rumor confidence destruction would be a perfect fit at PG because his only real job is bringing up the ball and initiating the triangle and guarding the opposing PG.

therealprof
therealprof

@akamarb  A contract can be constructed any way the team wants, unless it is a max contract, where a certain amount of money is the "max" for the first year, after which there can be a pre-determined percentage of a raise that can be added each year. If Melo were to take less than the max, the first year is still governed by the aforementioned "max" but the subsequent years can be any agreed upon number under that max.