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 didn’t expect to be on a downward slide during the heat of the 2013 NBA Playoffs but that is exactly what is happening as the offense has dwindled from 95 points in game 1 to 79 in game 2 to a dismal 71 in Game 3.
“Offensively we just didn’t have anything — either team. It was an ugly game, offensively,” Head Coach Mike Woodson said after the game.
The Knicks did have one bright spot in Carmelo Anthony who led the Knicks with 21 points, the only player in double figures.The series moves back to Indiana for game 4 and tickets are still available.
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!