Adam ZagoriaPhil Jackson won 11 NBA titles as an NBA head coach.
Mike Woodson has won 0.
Yet Metta World Peace says the Knicks coach reminds him somewhat of his former head man with the Lakers, with whom he won a championship in 2009.
“He reminds me of Phil Jackson a little bit,” the man formerly known as Ron Artest said Thursday at practice. “With the exception of Phil ran the triangle. As far as holding each other accountable , figuring it out on the floor. Woody will put in the system, the sets on defense and offense, and he expects us to play together, play smart. From that sense, he reminds me a lot of Phil.”
Though the current Knicks are without former NBA champ Jason Kidd, now coaching across town in Brooklyn, they feature several players with championship rings, including World Peace, Tyson Chandler and Beno Udrih.
“Tyson is a champion,” World Peace said. “He’s physical and smart [and] won a championship in Dallas. Beno has two championship rings with [Gregg] Popovich [in San Antonio]. Woodson has one [as an assistant in Detroit]. Kenyon [Martin] has been there twice [to the NBA Finals]. [Carmelo Anthony] has a killer instinct to win that championship.
“You need a player like Melo, someone you can’t really see what’s in his heart. You can see his stats. But you can’t really measure how big his heart is. It has no limit so obviously he has championship abilities. And the list goes on.”
Woodson said two of the five starting spots are up for grabs, and World Peace could start at the 3 alongside Anthony in the frontcourt, or he could come off the bench.
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.