Knicks’ Phil Jackson fires Mike Woodson


(Frank Franklin II / AP)

With the end of the New York Knicks’ season last week, the Phil Jackson Era officially began and the team’s new president made his first move today, firing Coach Mike Woodson and the rest of the coaching staff.

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Jackson met with the coach Monday morning and delivered the news that has been expected seemingly since about Christmas, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports. ESPN had previously reported that Woodson wasn’t interested in meeting with Jackson in person, but clearly that wasn’t Jackson’s preference.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

The search for Woodson’s replacement begins, with speculation focusing on  Steve Kerr, who “absolutely expects” to be offered the job, the New York Post reported, and is “definitely going to do it.”

Woodson had one year left on his contract.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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