Pretty much since the beginning of the season, many expected New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson to be relieved of his duties. It wasn’t a matter of if Woodson would be fired but when.
Today we got our answer.
According to ESPN, Woodson has been fired along with his entire coaching staff.
New Knicks president Phil Jackson announced that the entire coaching staff was relieved of their duties in a release.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
“Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best.”
Just a year after winning 54 games and capturing the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks underachieved all season, winning a disappointing 35 games and failing to make the postseason.
Woodson had coached the Knicks for the past two seasons after taking over on an interim basis in 2011 following Mike D’Antoni‘s resignation. He guided the Knicks to a 54-win regular season and a division title in 2012-13. The Knicks also won a playoff series for the first time in 13 seasons under Woodson’s stewardship.
However it seemed from early in the season that he had lost the respect of this team, even though they rebounded to nearly make the playoffs.
But this team underachieved in all aspects, especially at the defensive end of the floor.
Woodson went 109-79 as the Knicks head coach and had a postseason record of only 7-10.
Now that Woodson is officially out the door, the Steve Kerr watch is on as Kerr is expected to be the Knicks next head coach.