Phil Jackson is essentially the new President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks, we think. He still hasn’t signed a contract, but everyone is acting like the job is his. Weird.
Anyways, Jackson is expected to have the last say, along with James Dolan, on almost every hiring, firing and signing that the Knicks will do. Basically, if you have to plea to keep your job, you’re probably going to have to go through Jackson.
And according to the New York Post, that’s exactly what Knicks head coach Mike Woodson wants to do.
Mike Woodson hopes Phil Jackson will consider keeping him as head coach of the New York Knicks during the final season of his current contract in 14-15.
“I would want him to view me as a coach,’’ Woodson said. “If and when that time comes, I would just love the chance to sit with him and talk basketball. He’s a basketball guy, I’m a basketball guy. This is 30 years I’ve spent in this league so that’s what we’ll do, but until that happens my focus is strictly on trying to get this team in the playoffs. That’s it.’’
Woodson wouldn’t say how much he’s been debriefed about the Jackson hiring.
“We know it’s out there and like I said I’ve got a great deal of respect for Phil and if the Knicks decide to go that route I think he can’t do nothing but enhance the organization,’’ Woodson said.
Even though Jackson still hasn’t technically signed his name on any dotted lines, there’s already rumors swirling around that he’s expected to consider Steve Kerr for the Knicks impending head coaching opening. Which is weird because Mike Woodson is still technically the coach.