Report: Knicks to introduce Phil on Tuesday; Woodson ready to fight for job
MAR 14, 2014 2:35a ET
As the Knicks' courtship with Phil Jackson continues to drag on, the couple may have at least finally set a wedding date.
Tuesday good for everyone?
Reports have varied as to whether Jackson has indeed agreed to take over the Knicks' basketball operations, and the latest on Thursday came from the New York Post, which went so far as to say the team is planning to introduce the 11-time championship coach on Tuesday.
And that's not all.
Speaking on ESPN Radio on Thursday, current — and embattled — Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he expects Jackson will "enhance" the Knicks once he takes over, and that when the move is official, he wants a chance to state his case to Jackson:
"I would want him to view me as a coach. If and when that time comes, I would just love the chance to sit with him and talk basketball. He’s a basketball guy, I’m a basketball guy. This is 30 years I’ve spent in this league so that’s what we’ll do, but until that happens my focus is strictly on trying to get this team in the playoffs. That’s it."
Woodson also claimed to be about as in the dark as the rest of us when it comes to the negotiations between the club and Jackson, and the plans for the future should a deal happen.
"At the end of the day we know it's out there, and like I said I've got a great deal of respect for Phil, and if the Knicks decide to go that route I think he can't do nothing but enhance the organization. But my focus right now is strictly on coaching and trying to figure out our team and try to get us into [the] playoffs."
Among the names that have been mentioned as Jackson's possible choice as the Knicks' next head coach are Steve Kerr, a former GM with Phoenix and former player under Jackson, and Jim Cleamons, a longtime assistant under Jackson who has some NBA head-coaching experience of his own.