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REPORT: Phil Jackson Leaning Towards Accepting Offer From Knicks

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ESPN is reporting that legendary coach and former Knick Phil Jackson is leaning towards accepting the position of President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks. Jackson, who won 2 championships as a player with the Knicks and 11 championships as the coach of the Bulls and Lakers, had reportedly met with the Knicks’ front office recently to discuss a return to the game. The Daily News had been reporting that Jackson was uninterested in coaching but willing to consider a front-office role. Jackson had reportedly expressed that his acceptance of the job would be largely conditional on Knicks Owner James Dolan’s willingness to give him major control of basketball decisions, and an assurance that Carmelo Anthony would re-sign with the team this summer. It is not known whether Jackson was given either of these things, and Stephen A. Smith’s reports should always be taken with a grain of salt, but with multiple outlets reporting recently that Jackson was seriously considering a return, it seems very possible that the “Zen Master” will indeed join the Knicks’ Front Office in the near future. 

-Tommy Rothman 

17 Funny Mike Woodson GIFs That Might Make Your Day

Alright, so maybe we’ve been a bit harsh on Knicks Coach Mike Woodson over here at New York Knicks Memes. But when he’s not making us pull our hair out (maybe he’s just trying to level the playing field?), he’s making us laugh. Let’s take a look at some funny Mike Woodson GIFs.

1 . Raymond Felton can’t guard his Coach

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2.  Mike Woodson is up by 20, but nobody’s told him that.

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3. Woody Smiles and Nods for the first time… at the same time.

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4. Woody getting into Game Shape
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7. Woody can’t convince ref to change scoremike-woodson-58. Kia BroHug of the Year

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9. Exasperated Woody is Exasperated

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11. Woody runs a new play
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12. Woody checks last year’s standings

mike-woodson-1913. Woody checks this year’s standings

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14. Woody chews his cud

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15. Woody does the Shimmy

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16. Woodson Shimmy, the remix

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17. Woody discovers true, genuine happiness

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That last one is real. I promise.

-Tommy Rothman

A Petition for the Firing of Knicks Coach Mike Woodson

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Mike Woodson is a good guy, but as I talked about in an article a couple weeks ago, he is not the right coach for this team. This has been made even more obvious in the past few games. The Knicks are 2-10 in their last 12 contests. Mike Woodson will obviously be fired at season’s end. Which is why the Knicks should just do it now. Click Here to sign a petition asking for Woodson’s removal as Head Coach. Spread it with your fellow Knicks fans if you believe in the cause.

https://www.change.org/petitions/james-dolan-fire-mike-woodson

-T

Baffling, Infuriating Mike Woodson-Related Fact Of The Day

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According to Wall Street Journal Reporter Chris Herring, the Knicks’ starting lineup (Felton, Prigioni, Shumpert, Anthony, Chandler) has the highest +/- per 36 minutes in the NBA. 

What does that mean? It means that, if you adjust the numbers to account for playing time to make it a fair comparison, the Knicks’ starting lineup has been the most effective in the league.

You read that right. It looks like the key to winning more games isn’t some ultra-complicated scheme, or to come up with some crazy, creative lineup combination. 

It’s to let the starters play more. 

Now excuse me while I go punch a wall, Andy Bernard style.

-Tommy Rothman

Melo Speaks About His Future and The Future of The Team

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Speaking Friday to the media gathered in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, Carmelo Anthony basically said the following.

 

  • His first choice is to remain in New York for the rest of his career.
  • He is willing to take less money to help the Knicks with the cap going forward, but only if he likes the plans they set out in front of him.
  • He will be meeting with the Knicks’ Front Office soon to discuss roster plans going forward.
  • Mike Woodson will be at practice Monday in Memphis.
  • He knows he will not be traded before Thursday’s Trade Deadline.

 

Given that Melo seemingly calls a lot of the shots, this is a very telling series of statements. 

-Tommy Rothman

 

It’s Not Mike Woodson’s Fault… But It’s Time for Him to Go

 The Knicks’ Coach is a Dead Man Walking

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By Tommy Rothman

   Two seasons ago, former Knicks Coach Mike D’antoni found his team inexplicably on the outside of the playoff picture midway through the season. The players had, for the most part, begun to tune him out. The team had talent, but wasn’t playing hard, or smart, or well. If not for a few timely wins every time it seemed that a coaching change was one loss away, and the emergence of a certain point guard who rose from the end of the bench and became the supreme ruler of the universe for a month, D’antoni would have surely been fired well before the All-Star Break.

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   Mike Woodson, who took over when D’antoni finally “resigned” on March 14th, now finds himself in an eerily similar situation. Woodson wasn’t a big-name coach, and his schemes weren’t especially creative. But he represented a change, something which was desperately needed in New York. The Knicks responded positively, as they won Woodson’s first six games as coach. Woodson’s team finished 18-6 and managed to win their first playoff game in years before falling to the Heat.

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   But now, the Knicks need a change again. The players have tuned out Coach Woodson, his team is losing at an unacceptable rate, the fans have started calling for his removal, and he would have been gone by now if not for a couple short winning streaks. Sports Illustrated reported a couple days ago that Woodson expects to be fired before the All-Star Break. A blowout win Friday against the Nuggets may have bought Woodson a bit more time, but everybody, from the fans, to the players, to the coach himself, knows that Woodson is a lame duck. The front office needs to stop stalling and make the change that more and more people believe (and hope) is on the way.

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   Is Woodson being made into something of a scapegoat? Perhaps. The Knicks’ struggles are not his fault. Well, they’re not all his fault. He didn’t break Tyson Chandler’s leg, for example. The Knicks have struggled at times to make open shots, their players have not stayed healthy, and aside from Carmelo Anthony, Woodson’s players have been maddeningly inconsistent. But Woodson has had a bad year on the sidelines; he  recently said so himself. His rotations are baffling, his clock management has been dreadful at times, his offensive systems don’t work, and his reputation as a defensive-minded coach has been shattered by the fact that his team hasn’t been able to stop a nosebleed.

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   The Knicks don’t play with focus or energy. Some coaches are wizards with the clipboard. Some coaches build  reputations as motivators. Mike Woodson is neither. He is a decent coach, but nothing more. And if a coach doesn’t bring out the best in his players (or anything even close), he has no business being the coach. Mike Woodson has become what Mike D’antoni once was. And the Knicks would be best served giving Herb Williams, Jim Todd, or another readily available candidate a chance to bring the change and the spark the team needs to salvage its season before pursuing a top-flight coach this summer.