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|Posted: Mon Apr 21st, 2014 06:17 pm||
|Mike Woodson has been fired as the New York Knicks head coach, the team announced Monday morning.
New Knicks president Phil Jackson announced in a release that the entire coaching staff was relieved of their duties.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said. "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 one year remaining on the three-year contract he signed with the Knicks prior to the 2011-12 season.
Jackson now will conduct a coaching search to find a replacement. The coaching search will begin immediately.
The 13-time NBA champion is expected to seek a coach with an intimate knowledge of the triangle offense. Steve Kerr, who won three NBA titles under Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, has been mentioned most often as a potential replacement.
Woodson coached the Knicks for the past two seasons after taking over on an interim basis in 2011 following Mike D'Antoni's resignation. Woodson guided the Knicks to a 54-win regular season and a division title in 2012-13.
The Knicks also won a playoff series for the first time in 13 seasons under Woodson's stewardship.
Following the team's success in 2012-13, owner James Dolan told staffers on the eve of the 2013-14 season that he felt the Knicks could compete for an NBA title. They fell well short of those expectations.
New York started the season 3-13, suffered through losing streaks of nine and seven games and fell as many as 19 games below .500. They won 12 of 15 games in March and early April to climb back into the playoff race but were eliminated late last week, missing out on the postseason for the first time in four seasons.