After failing to reach the playoffs in a year where many thought they would be capable of competing with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference yet they finished with a record of 37-45.
The Knicks reached the playoffs twice under Woodson, but we all knows that’s not going to cut it in the city of New York.
On the positive side, the Knicks franchise will move on and make moves to improve the team for the 2014-15 season. Here is Jackson’s statement after announcing the release:
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” said Jackson. “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.”
Now that the franchise is officially moving on with a new coach is time to take a look at the potential candidates for the head coaching job next season. Here are five candidates for the Knicks head coaching job next season:
1. Steve Kerr
The number one candidate is former Chicago Bulls guard Steve Kerr who played under Jackson two seasons in Chicago. Currently Kerr is an analyst on TNT for the NBA games, but next season might be on the sideline for the Knicks. Despite having absolutely no prior coaching experience, the 48-year-old Kerr has the background of running an NBA squad as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns from 2007-2010.
It has become quite popular in today’s NBA for new head coaches who are named and have no previous coaching experience.
Look at Mark Jackson, who went from broadcaster to first-time coach at Golden State, and the Warriors have made two straight playoff appearances under him. Also, another example is Doc Rivers who we all know also made a successful transition from analyst to coaching for the Boston Celtics. Then we have the most recent Jason Kidd, who had no previous coaching experience, led the Nets to the playoffs in his first season this year.
If Kerr is given the job it will be a likely perfect fit since he knows the triangle offense very well which seemingly is Jackson’s vision for the future of the Knicks. With a clear vision of the future the franchise can turn around quickly and return to the playoffs in no time.