The New York Knicks General Manager, Phil Jackson, has completed the firing of Mike Woodson and his entire coaching staff from the 2013-14 Knicks squad.
Coach Woodson, caught by ESPN cleaning out his office had the following to say:
“I’m not really entertaining anything with the media right now. I’m just trying to clear my head. That’s what I’m doing. … I’m fine. I have been doing this a long time. I’m good, really good. It’s time to move on.”
Not many players have yet to voice an opinion on the subject with the exception of oft controversial J.R. Smith.
He was great to me. I think I got a fair shake for the first time in a while under him,” Smith told ESPN. “He treated me how he wanted to be treated. It sucks, but there is nothing I can do about it. I think he did a great job. I think he did a good job with me. He responded to the players. It’s just a sad day for him, for me and my teammates.”
No word yet on who Jackson is looking at to replace Smith, but the current rumor is that it will have to be someone with extensive Triangle Offense knowledge. Former PG Steve Kerr has been mentioned often in talks.
The New York Knicks have been on fire as of late and the Detroit Pistons became their fifth victim and second since Head Coach Mike Woodson called C Tyson Chandler into his office to question his output.
“He called me into his office and he said, ‘You’re an All-Star, you need to start playing like it. The last thing you want is people questioning that,'” Chandler said. “The next night, I had a different focus about me.”
Since that meeting, Chandler has posted three straight games with 20 or more rebounds.
“That’s what I expect,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “He can’t tease me. He’s done it three straight games, so I’m expecting it the fourth game.”
The Knicks next face the Washington Wizards Wednesday Night. Be sure to get your tickets!
“I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start.” Amare Stoudemire post game Twitter feed
The New York Knicks are in trouble and it has everything and nothing to do with X’s and O’s. After suffering through a 104-94 game 2 loss to the Miami Heat, NY Center Amare Stoudemire took his anger out on a fire extinguisher cover which left a gash in his left hand that required stitches.
The move just may cause him to miss game 3 against the Heat and worse, without Jeremy Linn and Iman Shumpert and with Tyson Chandler still feeling the effects of the flu, the chances of the Knicks moving on in the playoffs grows dimmer and dimmer.
If Stoudemire does miss game 3, expect Melo to m ove to the PF spot but then, who replaces Melo?
“Amare is a huge piece of this team, and, you know, without him, it’s going to make it more difficult.” Knicks Tyson Chandler
The undermanned Knicks take on the Miami Heat in New York on Thursday for Game 3. Whether Amare Stoudemire plays is still yet to be seen but according to one NY Knick, it isn’t over yet, for Carmelo Anthony did not come to New York to go out like this.
“It’s far from over. I believe that and we believe that,” Carmelo Anthony