Phil Jackson made his first big decision as the New York Knicks GM on Monday. He fired Mike Woodson and the rest of the coaching staff after the team underachieved to a (37-45) record. It was clear that Mike Woodson would not return as the New York Knicks coach once they fell out of the race for the playoffs.
Woodson and his staff have been relieved of their duties according, the Knicks announced.
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According to Sportsline.com, Jackson stated that he has a "tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and the entire coaching staff." However, this New York Knicks team was doomed from the very start.
After winning 54 games and earning the 2nd seed in 2013, the high hopes were dashed early. By the fourth game, Tyson Chandler was injured with a broken leg. The Knicks proceeded to lose 10 straight games and were (3-13) on Dec. 1.
The early part of the season was marred by blowout losses and crushing last second defeats. It was like the Knicks were finding different way to lose. When a team under performs, there always has to be a fall guy, and it's usually the head coach that goes first.
Now, the Phil Jackson era really begins in earnest. Early indications are that Phil will offer the coaching job to former player, Steve Kerr. Although he was a general manager for the Phoenix Suns in the past, Kerr has never been a head coach on any level.
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