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April 17, 2014 Updates

Brown, a former coach of the Knicks, has expressed his discontent with the organization of late, and the treatment of current coach Mike Woodson. He’s also been skeptical of the reasoning behind Jackson coming out of retirement as an executive, not as a coach. “If you’re going to hire Phil Jackson, who is probably as great a coach as we’ve ever had in our sport, why didn’t he coach?” He later went on saying, “If you’re going to do this job, it’s a full time job.” He continued to question the validation ofJackson’s role, saying, “To think that you can run a franchise like the Knicks, and not be there 24/7, and you’re going to do it from sitting in the stands, I don’t know if that’s going to be possible.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

Along with the time spent into the job, the scheme that Phil Jackson is famous for engineering and implementing (The Triangle Offense) may not translate with Coach Mike Woodson and the players on the court. “I don’t think it’s a good marriage because Phil believes in the triangle, and Mike played for Bobby Knight, who’s a huge influence on him… and I don’t think he has the same kind of philosophy Phil has.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

April 16, 2014 Updates

Odom, the veteran forward and Queens native, was expected to sign a contract with the Knicks either Wednesday or Thursday and begin training at the Knicks practice facility in Greenburgh immediately. Jackson, who coached Odom with the Los Angeles Lakers, will oversee the workouts but will also want at least one or two members of the coaching staff working with Odom. New York Daily News

It is widely believed that Woodson, who has a contract through next season, will not return. His contact with Jackson has been minimal and a person close to Woodson says the Knicks head coach has been down the last few days, suggesting “that he knows he’s gone.” New York Daily News

The future of Herb Williams, however, is uncertain. Williams joined the Knicks coaching staff days after Jeff Van Gundy resigned in Dec. 2001 and has worked on the staffs of Don Chaney, Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, Mike D’Antoni and now Woodson. New York Daily News

That was never more evident than during the NBA trade deadline in February, when the team's charter plane was delayed on the tarmac as Rivers worked the phones on possible deals. "It's one thing when your general manager is trying to trade you," said Matt Barnes, who was nearly dealt to the New York Knicks. "It's another when your coach is the general manager and trying to trade you. ESPN.com

ESPN reported the Knicks still were considering using their available roster spot to sign the troubled former Laker and reality-TV star, who won two titles under Jackson in L.A., for Wednesday’s season finale. His contract would include a non-guaranteed second year. Such a deal would make Odom useful in potential trades for salary-cap purposes this summer. “I like him. I like Lamar,” Mike Woodson said. “I don’t know much about it . . . but I think he’s a talent. He could’ve been good for us earlier in the season. He does a lot of things on the floor to help you win games, that’s for sure.” New York Daily News

April 15, 2014 Updates

If Knicks president Phil Jackson is more concerned with 2015 free agency than the 2014-15 season, center Tyson Chandler acknowledged this may not be the right place for him. “I definitely don’t want to waste another season,’’ Chandler said before the Knicks faced the Nets Tuesday at Barclays Center. “I don’t want to waste this season. I’m not into wasting seasons. Your time is too short in this league and I want to win a championship, another one. I’m not into wasting seasons.’’ New York Post

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