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Larry Brown rips Knicks for handling of Mike Woodson, says Phil Jackson should coach

Apr 8, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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Larry Brown still sounds a little bitter about how everything ended for him in New York.

The former Knicks coach — the only coach to win an NCAA and NBA title — has a unique understanding of the pressures that come with being in Madison Square Garden. It’s fair game to have him comment on the Knicks situation with Phil Jackson taking over.

Brown did just that on Sirius XM NBA Radio and he pulled no punches. He said current GM Steve Mills had “no clue” about basketball, and he questioned Jacksons’ role. But mostly the old coach stuck up for beleaguered coach Mike Woodson, as these transcripts from the New York Daily News show (via Ball Don’t Lie).

“I’m sick about what’s happening with Michael (Woodson),” Brown said Monday morning on NBA Radio on SiriusXM. “The whole thing about the Knicks, I want the Knicks to be great, because the NBA needs it badly. They have the best fans

“(But) the way they’ve treated Mike Woodson, I think he went 15-5 (actually 18-6) when he took over that team two years ago. And then last year they won 54 games. I think from 2001 they might’ve won one playoff series. He’s done a remarkable job. They’ve had terrible injuries. They lost a GM (Glen Grunwald) that I thought did a great job. And then they didn’t bring any older guys. When you lose Jason Kidd and Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace, you lost your locker room.

“And I think, it’s just troublesome to me to bring in Phil Jackson, not that he won’t be great, but let him coach. You’re not going to make the Knicks better by living in L.A. and being there half the time and not talking to your coach. Let him coach. He was the best coach probably ever. Let him coach. If that’s the way they want to do it let him coach and give Woody a way to leave graciously. But he’s out on the limb and that’s not fair. For a guy that really turned that franchise around and made people proud of the way they played I don’t think he’s been treated fairly and that really bothers me.”

And get off his lawn!

Don’t hold it in Larry, let it all out. Pent up frustration is not healthy. Just get it out. Feel better? Great.

As we have said, all the Knicks problems do not fall on Woodson — management went out and got Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace thinning that would help. Nope. Also injuries did ravage the roster (and continue to as Carmelo Anthony’s shoulder issues all but killing the Knicks playoff dreams). That said Woodson helped create this mess. He had success with ‘Melo at the four last season then came into this year trying to make him a three again. His switching defensive scheme is a problem, especially for this roster.

Whatever you think of him, it’s clear his days as the Knicks coach are limited.

Phil Jackson will want his own coach in that seat. It won’t be Jackson, he’s done stalking the sidelines.

Safe to say it will not be Brown, either.

  1. cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Woodson should have been fired last year.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Knicks couldn’t win no matter who coached them or coaches them.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Amazing people are defending Woodson….lol

      • jollyjoker2 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        I agree, if he is getting such a raw deal, he will be hired back in the nba in an instant.

  2. stash918 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Quality rant by Larry Brown for us Knicks fans. No messing around– he just goes for it.

  3. aldavis4president - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I feel for melo, Tyson, and Mike woodson. They lose all they’re veteran leadership from last year’s 50win+ team. Hand J.R. untieMyShoe Smith the keys to melos right hand man, its not going to bode well. Jr is a bench player, amare is making 16? Mill a season to play 17minutes a game. Smh NY Is a mess. Get melo some help!!

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      veteran leadership? you feel bad for Melo and Tyson.

      This is Melo’s ELEVENTH (11th) season in the NBA.

      This is Tyson’s THIRTEENTH (13th) season in the NBA

      Kenyon Martin is in his FOURTEENTH (14th) season in the NBA

      Amar’e Stoudemire is in his TWELFTH (12th) season in the NBA

      Plus they have two guys in their 8th seasons, one in their 9th season and another in their 10th season in the NBA

      I’d say the Knicks have plenty of veteran leadership left… as they have EIGHT (8) players who are in their 8th season or more in the league.

      The Knicks have 6 players who are young in terms of their service in the league.

  4. aldavis4president - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Not to mention Raymond Felton coming way over Wright every year and probably going to jail after the season for his gun charge.

  5. spursareold - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Larry is such a whiner. If he weren’t such an Xs and Os god, I think he’d never get hired. Teams eventually tire of him anyway, and his players always tune him out eventually.

  6. jollyjoker2 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Larry can’t stand it that he never moved up like Phil. Phil will bring a winner to NY because he knows players. He doesn’t have to coach which is being out of town and on the road everyday which at 60 or so is crazy for a few bucks instead of doing something easy.

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