Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson Not Phased By the Hiring of Phil Jackson. [Photo]
The future of New York Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson has been speculated since the all star break. With the horrendous season that the Knicks have had this year many believe that Woodson will be relieved of his coaching duties.
With the new addition of Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations though some think Woodson has a shot to keep his job if he proves himself over these last 16 games of this season.
According to ESPN when asked about the idea of having to audition for his job, Woodson responded by throwing a bit of shade at Phil and the Knicks
“I don’t think I need to prove anything as a coach. I’ve never felt that way. I try to do my job the best I can do, and if you’re gonna judge me on 16 games, then that’s on you,” Woodson said.
According to multiple sources Jackson has a few coaches in mind to take over. At the top of his list is Steve Kerr a former player of Phil Jackson who was once the GM of the Phoenix Suns when Steve Nash won his two MVPs.
Woodson knows how these situations work and said change is inevitable when a new boss is hired,
It’s basketball. Teams, they try to reshape, they go through changes, and this is no different,” the coach added. “You bring in a great basketball mind into your organization and eventually it’ll be reshaped. So how and who and when, only time will tell.”
As for Woodson’s “audition” he is doing a good job so far. The Knicks are on a 5 game winning streak and are 3.5 games away from grabbing the 8th seed in the playoffs away from the Atlanta Falcons.
If Woodson can clinch a playoff berth and have the team go on some type of run, their is a chance that he can keep his job.