Phil Jackson’s first major move as the New York Knicks team president is to fire head coach Mike Woodson, who failed to bring the club to a postseason appearance in the 2013-2014 NBA season.
Woodson, and his entire staff, got the boot according to a report from Mark J. Spears of Yahoo Sports early Monday.
The Knicks went a mediocre 37-45 this year, 9th place in the weak Eastern Conference.
Woodson’s firing is expected to be the first of many changes in the Knicks camp under Jackson, who has led the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to multiple titles in the 1990s and 2000s.
Woodson served as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996-1999); Cleveland Cavaliers (1999-2001); Philadelphia 76ers (2001-2003); and Detroit Pistons (2003-2004) before landing a head coaching gig with the Atlanta Hawks (2004-2010).
He handled the Knicks in 2012 and accumulated a 315-365 win-loss record as a head coach in the NBA.
Jackson is reportedly looking to hire former player Steve Kerr for the head coaching position and the player-turned-analyst is said to be interested in the Big Apple gig.
“If he’s offered the job, he’s definitely going to do it,” according to a report from the New York Post last Friday.
Kerr, a known sharp-shooter during his prime, played under Phil Jackson and was part of the Bulls’ second three-peat from 1996 to 1998.