Apr 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT
Steve Kerr is considering becoming the head coach of the New York Knicks, though he has reservations about how he would operate under Madison Square Garden's stifling culture.
Mike Woodson was fired by the Knicks on Monday.
“This place is crazy,” one of Woodson’s former assistants said on the final day of the regular season. “Their way of doing things around here will never work.”
Apr 21, 2014 6:27 PM EDT
Steve Kerr finally acknowledged that he will be in discussions to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks.
Mike Woodson was fired by the Knicks on Monday.
"I do anticipate talking with Phil Jackson at some point. When that time comes, it will come," Kerr said. "For now, there's really not a whole lot to talk about."
Kerr played for Jackson with the Chicago Bulls.
"It's going to be very interesting. My name is being thrown around. I do anticipate at least being a part of the conversation and we'll see where it all goes."
Jackson said he will immediately begin to conduct a coaching search to find a replacement.
Sources tell Howard Beck of Bleacher Report that Kerr would prefer to stay near the West Coast. Kerr lives in San Diego and has a daughter attending Cal-Berkeley.
Apr 21, 2014 1:59 PM EDT
Steve Kerr declined to comment on the New York Knicks' head coaching situation before he worked Sunday's game between the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards for TNT.
"I hope you understand, but I'm not talking about anything," Kerr said.
A source close to Kerr emphatically denied a report that he has spoken with his bosses at Turner Sports about altering his schedule in the event that he accepts a head coaching job.
Kerr could also become a candidate for the Golden State Warriors if Mark Jackson is fired.
Apr 21, 2014 12:15 PM EDT
The New York Knicks fired Mike Woodson and his coaching staff on Monday.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Phil Jackson said in a statement. “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.”
In parts of three seasons with the Knicks, Woodson compiled an overall record of 109-79 (.580) that included two consecutive NBA Playoff appearances and an Atlantic Division title – the team’s first in 19 years.
The search for a new coaching staff will begin immediately.
Apr 19, 2014 10:33 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls were already feeling increasingly optimistic of their chances of acquiring Carmelo Anthony this offseason, according to sources, and the projected increase in salary cap for 14-15 improves their odds.
The Bulls would have to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, as well as moving other veteran salary to make Anthony a competitive offer.
The Houston Rockets are also confident that they can create space for Anthony.
Apr 19, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
Phil Jackson and Jim Dolan addressed the New York Knicks' locker room after the team's season finale, and Jackson made it clear that there will be changes in the offseason.
“Phil was honest; he said it was a disappointing season,” one Knicks player said. “He told us that there will be changes in the locker room and that not all of us will be back."
Jackson also told the Knicks they should be grateful for the job Mike Woodson has done.
Jackson is expected to try to re-sign Carmelo Anthony, but the statuses of Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, Amar'e Stoudemire and others is unclear.
Apr 17, 2014 10:18 PM EDT
The New York Knicks will be interested in Pau Gasol in free agency, according to a source.
Gasol won two championships under Knicks president Phil Jackson and would not receive anything close to the $19.3 million per year that he made with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.
Apr 17, 2014 2:09 PM EDT
Carmelo Anthony will enter free agency after not reaching the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. Anthony has been with the New York Knicks since February of 2011.
"I want to come back. I want to come back. But I also want to win," said Anthony.
"At this point in my career, I'm not concerned about the money," said Anthony.
The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Anthony.
"I'm not at the point in my career where I want to rebuild."
Apr 17, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.
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Apr 17, 2014 3:44 AM EDT
The New York Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday in a down season in the Eastern Conference, leading to uncertainty in the future of Mike Woodson.
"I'm pleased and happy to have been given this opportunity. And if they bring me back, I'm gonna make damn sure that this doesn't happen again next season," Woodson said.
Woodson said he deserves to coach the final season on his current contract.
"Am I the guy for the job? I'm the only guy for this job. I've always said that. I don't mean that in a braggadocios way. But I feel good about what I do as a coach. And I know the system works."
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Apr 16, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Knicks will have an option on Lamar Odom's contract for the 14-15 season.
Apr 15, 2014 | Ian Begley/ESPN
J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the Knicks in free agency.
Carmelo Anthony will be re-evaluated in one month.
Amar'e Stoudemire is open to the possibility of leaving the NBA when his contract ends after next season in order to play for Hapoel Jerusalem.
Clarence Gaines Jr. was a longtime scout with the Bulls.
Apr 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week, barring any unforeseen snags.
The Lakers last missed the playoffs in 2005.
The Knicks won't make the playoffs for the first time since Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were acquired.
Tom Thibodeau agreed that Carmelo Anthony's reputation as a selfish ballstopper is overstated.
The Bulls and Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Carmelo Anthony.
Apr 11, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Knicks are weighing whether to sign Lamar Odom before the end of the regular season.
The Knicks have a defensive rating of 102.5 with Iman Shumpert on the floor compared to 111 without him.
Andrea Bargnani is averaging 13.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting, but his defense and rebounding are a liability.
J.R. Smith set a Knicks' franchise record for three-pointers made.
Apr 06, 2014 | Ian Begley/ESPN
Carmelo Anthony had a season-high nine turnovers in Friday's game and scored 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Isiah Thomas had a Net Expected Wins Average of +1.7 per pick, with Tracy McGrady, David Lee and Trevor Ariza standing out.
Phil Jackson has already made it clear that he would like Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in the offseason.
Derek Fisher has consistently stated he will retire after this season.
Nike released an Oak Hill jersey with Carmelo Anthony's name and No. 22 on the back soon after he entered the NBA.
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