HoopsHype Mike Woodson rumors

April 21, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith knew this day was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to digest. "It is sad,” Smith told ESPN’s Josina Anderson when asked about Mike Woodson’s firing. “He was great to me. I think I got a fair shake for the first time in awhile under him. He treated me how he wanted to be treated. It sucks, but there is nothing I can do about it. "I think he did a great job," Smith added. "I think he did a good job with me. He responded to the players. It's just a sad day for him, for me and my teammates." ESPN.com

The easy part, at least, is done. The Knicks have fired head coach Mike Woodson, the first major transaction under the administration of new team president Phil Jackson, but all eyes now are on what Jackson does next—and what impact it has on the free-agent decision of the team’s star forward, Carmelo Anthony. League sources told Sporting News that, though Anthony had been a supporter of Woodson, the coaching change will not have any impact on how he will go about making his decision on where to play next season. Anthony has a player option worth $23.5 million next year, but he will opt out of that contract and hit free agency. Sporting News

Phil Jackson made his first major decision since becoming Knicks' president. As expected, Mike Woodson took the fall for the Knicks missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. Woodson and his staff were relieved of their duties, the Knicks announced Monday morning. Jackson fired Woodson five days after the Knicks finished a disappointing 37-45 and failed to reach the postseason in the watered-down Eastern Conference. Woodson was 109-79in 2 ½ seasons on the Knicks' bench. His.580 winning percentageranks third in franchise history, behind Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy. Newsday

Kerr already has a job: he's TNT lead analyst and intends to work through the Western Conference finals. In fact, a source close to Kerr emphatically denied a report that Kerr has spoken with his bosses at Turner Sports about altering his schedule in the event that he accepts a head coaching job. "I hope you understand, but I'm not talking about anything," Kerr said prior to Game 1 of the Bulls-Wizards first-round series before walking away. New York Daily News

April 19, 2014 Updates

On Wednesday, the coach said he'd like a resolution on whether he will return next season as soon as possible. "I think it's been enough said about my job all year with you guys," he said. "Hopefully, soon I'll know my destination in terms of where I'm going to be." Earlier Friday on "SportsCenter," ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said Woodson would prefer that Jackson reach out to his agent if he's going to fire him rather than having a face-to-face meeting to inform him that he's being let go. ESPN.com

Dolan, who told staffers on the eve of the season that he felt the Knicks could contend for an NBA title, told the players on Wednesday that he was “disappointed by the season, that he had higher expectations,” the player said. “He said we left the fans wanting more,” the player said. The player said Dolan added the Knicks "have to start thinking about a championship and he told us that it starts [Thursday]. It was a great speech." Woodson was in the room for the speech, according to the player. But his future with the Knicks is unclear. ESPN.com

April 18, 2014 Updates

While it is widely believed that the New York Knicks have already made the decision to move on from coach Mike Woodson, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that nothing will be announced this weekend. Woodson's fate is likely to be announced early next week. ESPN.com

Sources close to the situation told ESPN that Woodson is "bracing" for the worst, especially after the Knicks conducted exit interviews with players Thursday without the coach present. ESPN.com

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