Farewell Woody

Eddie Castro
By Eddie Castro April 26, 2014 09:37 Updated

By Eddie Castro

Last week the New York Knicks season finally came to an end in what was a disappointing
season for the team. The Knicks failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in three years.
With Carmelo Anthony set to test the free agent market, the Knicks as a franchise is expected
to have a whole new look come next year.

These new looks started on Monday when team president Phil Jackson announced that coach
Mike Woodson had been along with the entire coaching staff. Woodson led the team to 57
wins last year along with an Atlantic division title, the team’s first in 19 years. In parts of three
seasons, Woodson compiled a record of 109-79 (winning percentage of .580) along with two
playoff appearances. In a statement by Jackson himself, he said “I have a tremendous amount
of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff”. The coaches and this team had a 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.” Jackson hit it on the money. It is not partially Woodson’s fault for the
Knicks’s debacle. The team signed J.R. Smith during the off-season after his knee surgery. He
was then suspended for the first 4 games of the season. Without Jason Kidd (became coach of
the Nets) thee ball movement appeared to stop within the team which then forced the hands
of Woodson to draw many isolation plays for Smith and Melo. The ball movement was a huge
key for the Knicks success last year. Then the Knicks went out and got what they thought could
be a “help on offense” for Anthony making a trade with the Toronto Raptors for Guard Andrea
Bargnani. That too failed as chemistry and injuries wore down on the team.

So the question now is who will be considered for the prestigious Knicks head coaching job? As
I said in last week’s issue, I feel that out of all the names that has been thrown out there,
Warriors current coach Mark Jackson would be a perfect fit in New York. Then there’s a name
like Steve Kerr, who despite not having no coaching experience, I think would be a good choice
as well. In the late 90s, Kerr played for Phil Jackson for Chicago and won a few championships
as well. It is more than certain that whoever end up landing the job would have some sort of ties
with Jackson which may not be a bad idea. After all, it the same thing Pat Riley did when he
named Eric Spoelstra head coach after being the team’s video coordinator for some years.
Spoelstra has helped the Miami Heat win 2 straight NBA titles. Maybe the same formula can
work for Jackson in hiring Kerr in New York.

ports Notes: (Basketball) The Brooklyn Nets Look to take the series over as the playoff series
with the Toronto Raptors shifts to Brooklyn.

Eddie Castro
By Eddie Castro April 26, 2014 09:37 Updated
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