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The New York Knicks Fire Head Coach Mike Woodson

Submitted by on April 21, 2014 – 3:07 pmOne Comment


It was time.

And when you have a legend like Phil Jackson overseeing a storied organization like the New York Knicks, keeping a coaching staff employed that steered a team with high expectations to an abysmal 2013-14 season is unfathomable. Which is why the firing of Mike Woodson is completely justified and totally expected. But not only did Woodson get the boot, the entire coaching staff was handed their walking papers.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a press release. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond. Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best.”

It appeared that Woodson was primed for great things after taking over for Mike D’Antoni and guiding the Knicks to a division title in the 2012-13 season. With Carmelo Anthony as the leader, it was expected that the Knicks would challenge in the awful Eastern Conference. However, the team got off to a terrible 3-13 record and never was able to get on the right track. They ended the season 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

Obviously, Phil Jackson has a winning mentality and realizes that the team will need an overhaul in order to reach the lofty expectations that the city of New York has always placed on them. On top of that, they will need to do something in order to keep Anthony onboard. Some think that it will take Phil himself to coach the team in order to keep Melo around. That could be true. Either way, this team needs a personnel overhaul before they start wheeling and dealing. But this is a start.

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