The Knicks agreed to a multi-year deal with Mike Woodson on Friday and never reached out to another candidate, including Phil Jackson.
GM Glen Grunwald acknowledged Jackson’s standing as “the most successful coach in N.B.A. history,” but said, “We felt Woody was our guy.” He said Woodson sealed the deal during the interview process.
“We told Woody he would get the first crack at the job, and he hit it out of the park,” Grunwald said.
People close to Jackson have said he would listen if the Knicks inquired, but that he may not be ready to return to coaching. On Friday, one friend reaffirmed that Jackson remains “ambivalent about coaching again.”