HoopsHype Mike Woodson rumors

April 4, 2014 Updates

For Woodson, however, making the playoffs means much more. His job is on the line. “No playoffs, no Woody,” one league source told SheridanHoops. “Without question he’s fired (if they miss the playoffs),” one Eastern Conference scout also told SheridanHoops. SheridanHoops

April 3, 2014 Updates

Derek Fisher on Wednesday denied rumors that he’s been targeted as a potential replacement for New York coach Mike Woodson. “I congratulated (Knicks president Phil Jackson) and we’ve spoken,” Fisher said. “But he hasn’t said anything to me about it, and I haven’t said anything to him about it. And so the reports that I have been reported to about, I’ve found them pretty funny myself because it’s not something that’s happened directly between the people that are being mentioned.” Oklahoman

“That is not in my radar or in my scope or anything that I’ve thought about, even coaching in general,” Fisher said. “I think I’ve been pretty consistent with not really having that decided in terms of what’s next, absolutely. I’m so committed to being a player that it’s even hard to see myself doing some other things in particular, coaching or something that puts me on the other side of the sideline so quickly. I have a lot of respect for the profession. I think there are a lot of great coaches and great men out there, and great women, that do a phenomenal job. But for me it’s just, I picked that number on my jersey for a reason. And until that’s concluded, I haven’t spent a lot of time in terms of what my definite pursuit’s going to be after that.” Oklahoman

March 26, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson was in the stands sitting with other Knicks executives as Mike Woodson put his team through shootaround Tuesday morning. Jackson didn't address the team or "say much," according to Woodson, whose future as the Knicks' coach is in doubt, especially with a new president on board. "Until I'm able to sit down with Phil and see the direction he wants to go, all I can do is continue to coach and continue to do the best job I can," Woodson said. Newsday

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Woodson, after a 16-1 Sixers’ run, finally got his main group back in the final 33 seconds, just in time to save the Knicks from an unthinkable loss that would have been all on the coach. The Knicks hung on, 93-92 and pulled within three games of the eighth seed with the Hawks losing at home to New Orleans. “They scared the hell out of us,’’ Woodson said afterward. New York Post

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Interestingly, one coaching veteran who Jackson has always admired is Larry Brown, the current Southern Methodist coach. But the Knicks' last go-round with Brown ended in a 23-win season, a power struggle with team president Isiah Thomas (they both lost) and a lawsuit over the money Brown was owed on his contract. It was settled for $18.5 million. The Knicks later forced Mike Woodson to fire his agent -- the late Joe Glass, who also represented Brown -- before signing him to a contract extension. So let's just say Brown is not at the top of the Vegas odds to become Jackson's first coaching hire. CBSSports.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

For The Win caught up with Turner/CBS NCAA analyst Steve Kerr before the start of the NCAA tournament. 1. Talking about his future with the Knicks makes him a bit uncomfortable: With Phil Jackson’s new position with the Knicks, among the top immediate rumors to hit the Twittersphere/blogsphere/general cycle of sports news was that Steve Kerr would be one of the candidates in contention to replace Mike Woodson (who has been on the hot seat this season.) “It’s just speculation, it’s just rumors,” he said. “I understand the speculation just because of my relationship with Phil Jackson. You know it’s sort of uncomfortable to talk about [the Knicks job] because it’s a job that’s currently occupied by a guy I really like and respect in Mike Woodson.” Kerr, who is set for a full slate of work at the NCAA tournament and later with the rest of the NBA season wouldn’t be sitting at home waiting for that call regardless — and with the Knicks in a recent win streak, it’s possible that Woodson could hold onto the position when Jackson comes on board. For The Win

March 17, 2014 Updates

Tuesday Phil Jackson will be introduced as the President of Basketball Operations — the Big Kahuna — of New York Knicks basketball. Likely his first big move to alter the organization will come at the end of the season when Mike Woodson is let go as coach. People around the league think Steve Kerr is at the front of the line for that job. Kerr was on the Dan Patrick Show (which you can watch every morning on the NBC Sports Network) and Dan asked him about the rumors, which Kerr admitted was awkward. “It’s very awkward because it is just speculation. More than anything, you’re talking about somebody else’s job.” NBCSports.com

Other highlights of the conversation. • Kerr said he and Jackson have kept in regular communication over the years. • On coaching in general: “I’ve been talking about it the last couple years. I left Phoenix when I was the general manager knowing I didn’t want to get back into management but feeling like coaching would be a possibility at some point. I love being on the floor with the players and as a GM I was like there one percent of the time. I love the game.” • He said he would prefer a West Coast coaching job but sounded like he would listen to a Jackson pitch. NBCSports.com

Metta World Peace said he was OK coach Mike Woodson denied him a spot in the rotation, but he wasn’t OK when told to tone it down in the locker room and refrain from taking a leadership role. That’s when World Peace realized his Knicks stint was over and left the team, asking for a buyout Feb. 22 in Atlanta. World Peace had played the night before in Orlando but knew that was just temporary. “He had his set rotation and I wasn’t in it,’’ World Peace told The Post by phone from his Beverly Hills home. “I played in Orlando only because [Iman] Shumpert was out. I asked my agent to be professional, respectful, and ask questions, and my agent said, ‘I think it’s best to try to get a buyout and get ready for the next opportunity.’ ” New York Post

World Peace had a player option for next season at $1.6 million and got about $250,000 of that figure in the buyout package, according to a source. “I didn’t mind playing any role, but I didn’t see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,’’ World Peace said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance. I backed off a little and tried to blend in with the team. I tried to find where I could complement the players but I couldn’t find any room to complement.’’ New York Post

March 15, 2014 Updates

Asked if he believes he need to prove himself to Jackson over the Knicks’ final 16 games, Woodson replied: “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. I’ve tried to do the best I can do, in terms of my everyday approach to the game. We’ve had our ups and downs this year and I take full responsibility for that. But at the end of the day, we still have 16 games left, we got a legitimate shot to make the playoffs and that’s where I’m pushing this team.” New York Daily News

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