5 Reasons Why New York Knicks Should Fire Mike Woodson, Hire Phil Jackson
5 Reasons New York Knicks Should Fire Mike Woodson
After a promising season came to a halt in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last year, the New York Knicks of this year have not found similar success and are on the verge of missing the playoffs, even with the team's plethora of talent.
The Knicks are currently 10 games under .500 and are 4-6 in the team's last 10 games, but are only 1.5 games out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. While New York is still alive in the playoff race, a team with this much talent should not have to settle for just making a playoff appearance. A team of this magnitude should be thinking championship instead of just getting into the NBA playoffs. The Knicks have had problems with injuries and often seem like a soap opera with all the drama the team faces that centers around key players, but the majority of the blame for this poor season has to fall on the shoulders of Mike Woodson.
Woodson has had success in his three seasons coaching the Knicks, but the team has never been thought of as championship contenders under his direction and it is time for a change at the position. Woodson was known for his defensive mindset before taking over the Knicks, but that philosophy has not translated well to the players he has on the current roster. In a league of constant turnover at the coaching position, Woodson needs to be the next casualty among the current head coaches, and the team should turn to one of the coaching greats to replace Woodson.
The Knicks should look to hire coaching legend Phil Jackson, who would restore this once great franchise. Jackson is clearly one of the best coaches of all time, as he has led two franchises to multiple championships and he could lead this talented squad back to the promised land in the near future.
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Obviously, there is not much of a comparison when it comes Mike Woodson vs. Phil Jackson. Jackson has won 11 NBA championships and did the job with two different franchises. Woodson has never even made it to a conference finals and has struggled to get his team over the hump even with superb talent. If Jackson wants a job, all he has to do is proclaim it and it will be done, because he is just that respected around the game.
4. Coaching Philosophy
The philosophy of the two coaches is extremely different, and the Knicks ultimately fit in Jackson's system better.
Woodson's defensive mindset was supposed to fix the Knicks' defensive toughness, but the Knciks are just not equipped to play that way. The Knicks could be an offensive juggernaut with offensive minded players like Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, yet the team ranks 22nd in scoring this year. Jackson's triangle offense fits a team that is full of firepower, but are not currently suited to play in the the team's current system.
3. Keep Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony's future is still up in the air, and the Knicks need to pull out all the stops to keep the superstar. With his intentions unknown, New York should try and appease Carmelo with a Hall of Fame coach. If Jackson decided to coach the Knicks, Anthony would essentially have to stay to see what he could do with a legend on the bench.
2. Elevate Carmelo Anthony
Jackson has already coached the two greatest players in NBA history in Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, and if Anthony bought into Jackson's system, he too could find a place in NBA history.
Anthony is one of the best in the game at the moment, so think of what he could if he had a Hall of Fame coach mentoring him.
1. Get A Legendary Coach
Championships follow Jackson, and he would have a good chance at capturing a few more championships with the talent that is already in place in New York. His championship resume, coaching philosophy, and leadership make him a perfect fit for any franchise, but will he come out of retirement to lead another team to glory?