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Mike Woodson says Phil Jackson is ‘staying out of the way’ in response to Jackson not watching Knicks practice

Apr 9, 2014, 7:43 PM EDT

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson is firmly in place in his new position as president of basketball operations for the Knicks, but all of his efforts appear to be geared toward looking beyond the current campaign.

Jackson was at the team’s practice facility on Wednesday while the team was going through its paces, but Jackson didn’t watch, and according to Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, has yet to give him any direction on how to proceed with the team for what little time is left of the regular season.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Knicks president Phil Jackson was at the Tarrytown facility Wednesday when the club resumed practice after a two-day hiatus, but the Zen Master stayed out of sight.

Woodson said Jackson, considered the greatest coach of all time, didn’t watch practice and has yet to give him any input. Woodson said Jackson’s strategy is to stay out the way.

“I’m sure Phil is just – I gather he’s kind of staying out of the way and letting me do my thing in terms of trying to get this team in the playoffs,” Woodson said. “That’s OK. I’m sure when the time comes we’ll have a chance to sit down and talk and see where we are. But first things first. We’re in the playoff race trying to get this eighth spot. That’s where everybody’s focus should be.’’

Jackson wants no part of this season, and in all likelihood, it’s far too late for him to have any real effect on the team’s ultimate fate.

He will, however, be responsible for building a winner once this season is finished, and that will almost certainly begin with replacing Woodson at the head coaching position. With that being the case, there’s no reason for Jackson to waste valuable time going over philosophies with someone who (in all likelihood) won’t be coaching in New York next season.

  1. stayhigh_247 - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Woody got a bum deal, but hey its NY goes with the turf.

    • caeser12 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      The Hawks, Bobcats, and Wizards ALL have had injuries, ALL have rosters that are worse than the Knicks, yet ALL of them are going to the playoffs, even though Atlanta has ALL but admitted they don’t want to be there, yet my Knicks are going home because Woodson has zero creativity, innovation, or coaching skills to win 39 games. Bum deal my ass, the Man waited until March to finally start trying to coach.

      Goodbye Woodson, thanks for allowing Kidd, Thomas, Wallace, and Camby to coach the team last year.

      Go NY.

  2. ufools - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Why would he?? The season is virtually over.

  3. sportsfan18 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Woody, Phil’s strategy is NOT staying out of the way… it’s working on next season. There is a big difference.

    The Knicks aren’t going to make the playoffs and even if they did, they’d bow out in the first round so all that remains to be seen is just when this season ends and that doesn’t concern Phil compared to next season.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I don’t think Phil could “get in the way”, anything he’d have to say would only help.

  5. davidly - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    My sources tell me that next season PJ is going to coach all the Knicks games…
    …that are at Staples.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Mike Woodson has played for every team with red/blue as their main colors, and no other teams. I’m not even joking. Check this link out with his jersey numbers/colors.

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Coach Woodson has done the best he could but he just doesn’t have that “it” to take this team to next level. He’s had the opportunity that many dream about so I wouldn’t say he got a bum deal.

    Coach Jackson (yeah, I went there) is now eating, drinking and sleeping NY Knicks. He’s a man on a mission and owes no loyalty toward a coach that was already here when he arrived and isn’t getting it done.

    If the Phil Jackson era still ends in failure, my crystal ball says this organization will remain snake bit until it changes owners.

  8. ras1tafari - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    $12 million well spent. An empty suit with a name who only attends Knicks games that are in LA. Dolan got scammed.

  9. jimeejohnson - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM


    • cantonbound13 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      ^ Moron

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