“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Phil Jackson said in a release announcing the news.. “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 had signed a three-year deal with the Knicks prior to the 2011-2012, he had one year left on his deal.
Jackson and the Knicks will now begin the search for a head coach who has experience with the triangle offense. Steve Kerr is currently the favorite to land with the Knicks due to his experience with the offense and Jackson with whom he won three NBA titles with while a member of the Chicago Bulls.
Last year the Knicks won 54 games and their division. This season they failed to make the playoffs after getting off to a 3-13 start. Woodson was hounded by rumors of his impending firing all season.