Only a month after the New York knicks hired Phil Jackson as the new team president to turn the storied franchise into contenders again, head coach Mike Woodson has been fired by the team. The move has been anticipated since the arrival of Phil Jackson, with only a long and unexpected playoff run being his saving grace. But that did not happen and the Knicks finished the season 37-45 whichs means they missed the playoffs just one season after going 54-28 and reaching the second round of the playoffs.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a press release announcing the move. “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.”
Woodson was intially named the Knicks interim head coach with 24 games remaining in the 2011-12 season, and he complied an overall record of 109-79 with the team, including two postseason appearances and an Atlantic Division title last season. And now the head coach search begins once again.