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Knicks Fire Mike Woodson, Entire Coaching Staff

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After a disappointing 37-45 record, Phil Jackson is making wide-sweeping changes in the organization.

Knicks Fire Mike Woodson, Entire Coaching Staff

When Phil Jackson came on board as President of the New York Knicks, head coach Mike Woodson had to know that his days were numbered. That finaly day finally arrived, as the Knicks announced that Woodson and the entire coaching staff would be let go today. 

Jackson had this to say about the move 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."

Woodson joined Mike D'Antoni's staff for the 2011-2012 season and took the interim head coaching position once D'Antoni resigned in the middle of that season. He led the team to 54 wins and a division title in the 2012-2013 season, but this year the wheels fell off the team. Once Jackson joined the franchise, it seemed that wide-sweeping change was imminent. Woodson had flashes of success, but he used the roster inconsistently and couldn't ultimately get the most out of the team.

Now the search begins for Woodson's replacement, and all eyes are focused on Jackson's former player Steve Kerr, who also was the general manager of the Phoenix Suns. There are other candidates, but the expectation is that Jackson wants someone he knows and trusts. A player who won three titles under Jackson, Kerr has intimate knowledge of the type of system Jackson would want to implement plus the additional knowledge gained from his tenure in the front office. Also keep in mind all that Kerr has been able to pick up over the years as an analyst for TNT. Mark Jackson has come in and done fantastic work with the Golden State Warriors right out of the broadcast booth, and the same could apply to Jackson.

However it goes down, there will be a new coach on the sidelines at Madison Square Garden next season. Relive the Mike Woodson era in New York with this incredible video by the great Oakley & Allen:

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