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April 23, 2014 Updates

Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Steve Kerr is a candidate to replace the recently fired Mike Woodson as the team's head coach. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Jackson said he is "looking for a leader" and that whoever the new coach is be must be "a forward thinker." Jackson said he and Kerr have a strong philosophical connection and that he planned to speak with him later this month to see if he's up to the job of coaching the Knicks. Jackson did not divulge the names of other possible candidates. Newsday

Al Iannazzone: Phil said "it's not a priority" to hire anyone in front office now. Mentioned Clarence Gaines Jr has been working for Knicks for 2 was. Twitter @Al_Iannazzone

A sleeper possibility in New York could be Tyronn Lue, who has been hailed as a future head coach by Alvin Gentry and played for Jackson. For Kerr, the bigger coaching allure has to be the potential of that Golden State job opening, so he could have a more talented team with the young star he once coveted and thought he landed in Phoenix — Stephen Curry. Arizona Republic

Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has already clashed with Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, over personnel decisions, the Daily News has learned. According to a team source, Jackson is looking to remove several staff members, which is commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees. New York Daily News

April 22, 2014 Updates
April 21, 2014 Updates

Kerr is part of the conversation, and the two sides are deep into discussions, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Knicks' situation. He's at the top of the list. It's becoming clear Jackson likes the idea of getting the band back together, even if the band's greatest hits were years ago. Jackson likes what's familiar, and he's going to go with whom he trusts. That's why Jackson's connections to his great Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers teams are expected to permeate the Knicks. USA Today Sports

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

Steve Kerr, long considered the leading candidate to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks, said on Monday, "I do anticipate talking with Phil Jackson at some point." New York Daily News

Kerr admitted that he and Jackson, his former coach in Chicago, have remained close since Jackson retired from coaching. "I would often have dinner with him on the road if I was playing for another team even, just to catch up," he said. "I went to his daughter's wedding a few years ago in Montana. We've been very close. And so I've known for years that Phil wanted to do this - not necessarily in New York, I thought he was going to end up in Seattle last year if the Kings had moved to Seattle to become the Sonics - but I knew that he was done with coaching [AND]that he was more interested in being a team president and building a franchise. And I think he'll be very good at it. It's going to be very interesting and obviously my name is being thrown around. I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation and we'll see where it all goes." New York Daily News

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

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