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April 21, 2014 Updates

Jackson is said to want his former player and current TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr to take the Knicks’ job. But, a source with knowledge of the situation said, the team’s decision on replacing Woodson—with Kerr or anyone else—will have little impact on how Anthony, who missed the postseason for the first time in his 11-year career, approaches his free agency. “He wants to be in a situation where he can start winning, and he is going to look at teams based on that,” the source said. “Coaching is only a part of the equation. What they do now is not going to be as important as can they win?” Sporting News

Free agency opens on July 1, and, the source said, Anthony would like, “the Dwight Howard treatment.” That means he wants to go through the same sort of process that Howard went through last summer, when Howard set up shop in Los Angeles and set up meetings with five teams—Houston, the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta—each of whom came in and made formal presentations. Sporting News

Kerr loves his job and is very good at it, but league sources say he is intrigued with the idea of coaching. If Kerr were to leave his enjoyable and relatively low-stress existence as a top-flight TV analyst and "get back in the meat grinder," as one source put it recently, it would have to be a very big job and the circumstances surrounding it would have to be the right fit. CBSSports.com

Toward the end of the regular season, Kerr was doing a TNT game between the Mavericks and Spurs in Dallas. Speculation about Kerr possibly coaching the Knicks had already been rampant for a few weeks. Before the game, Kerr spent a good 30 minutes behind closed doors with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, with whom Kerr won two more championships as a player. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall. CBSSports.com

As other coaching candidates emerge, we'll of course keep you apprised. (One could imagine beloved ex-Knick Mark Jackson, if let go by Golden State, entering the fray.) But until Kerr says he isn't interested, it's difficult to fathom a more sensible choice. What better way to find your way as a head coach in the NBA than with the most decorated coach in the history of the sport working behind the scenes and serving as your daily sounding board? What better way to persuade Carmelo Anthony to stay than to add five more championships to the 12 Jackson has won as a player and coach? CBSSports.com

So it would be with Jackson, Kerr and whomever is brought in to serve as the day-to-day GM in New York. League sources say Jackson is expected to hire a right-hand man in the front office as well, with GM Steve Mills remaining with the organization but not in that role. CBSSports.com

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

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