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May 5, 2014 Updates

Since he was let go as coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson has been working as an analyst for NBA TV and putting together some of the final details for his Coach Woodson Invitational, a three-day golf outing in Las Vegas to benefit the Nations of Coaches program. But he has also been focused on something else. “Keeping my eyes on coaching,” Woodson said during a phone interview to promote his golf tournament. “I want to get back into coaching. So that’s my next move. So we’ll see what happens. … That’s a big goal. That’s what I’m going to push to do, absolutely.” ESPN.com

April 28, 2014 Updates

Mike Woodson hopes there is another coaching job for him following his departure from the Knicks. "I've got to move on and close the chapter in this book and get ready for a new chapter because I still want to coach, and I love what I do," Woodson said Saturday night while working as an analyst on NBA TV. "The last two years, prior to coming into this season, was a good two seasons for our ball club and for our fans, and this year things just didn't work out. "Sometimes in life, things just don't work out according to plan. But I look at it, overall it was a good run and it was a great experience for me from a coaching standpoint." New York Daily News

April 27, 2014 Updates

Ex-Knicks coach Mike Woodson will likely be looking for another coaching job at some point. If the allegations regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling are true, Woodson says he has no interest in coaching the Clippers. "No. If this comes out to be true, no, absolutely not,” Woodson said on NBA TV on Saturday. “But again we’ve got to let this unfold and see where we are with it." ESPN.com

Woodson agreed with the idea that if the allegations are true, Sterling should be suspended. "I think it needs to be a suspension if it plays out [as alleged]," Woodson said. "As we sit here today, it’s just sad that an owner would even stoop that low to do something like that. ... I hope that’s not the case." Woodson also expressed support for Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “I think it’s a sad day in sports,” said Woodson. “It really is. I truly feel for Doc. If one guy can get his team over the hump, it’s Doc Rivers." ESPN.com

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April 21, 2014 Updates

Last time Mike Woodson got dismissed as head coach, by Atlanta, he was unable to immediately land another head job. He instead joined the Knicks as Mike D’Antoni’s defensive assistant for the 2012 lockout season, getting promoted to the head job when D’Antoni resigned with 24 games left in the season. While Woodson could take next season off as he’s due $3.4 million on the final year of his contract, he may investigate current vacancies, specifically the one in Detroit. New York Post

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

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