Woodson “bracing” for the worst as unlikely to continue in position.
The New York Knicks are expected to announce that they will move on from current coach Mike Woodson early next week, according to ESPN sources.
Woodson is understood to be “bracing” himself for the worst after the Knicks management conducted exit interviews with the players on Thursday without him present.
While he hasn’t yet been told his fate, it is believed that it is merely a matter of time before the Knicks make an official announcement regarding his position, with some suggestions that Woodson isn’t interested in having a face-to-face meeting with team president Phil Jackson until he gains some clarification on his status.
It has been revealed by an unnamed Knicks player that owner James Dolan addressed the players after their final game on Wednesday night, while Jackson complimented Woodson for his efforts this season but also made it clear that there would be personnel changes this summer.
After a disappointing year in which Dolan had expected his team to compete for a championship, Jackson will have his work cut out to not only acquire talent under cap restrictions, but he must also convince Carmelo Anthony to stay while instilling a new winning culture and mentality.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether Woodson forms part of that plan moving forward, with reports that he has informed the Knicks that he would prefer Jackson to reach out to his agent if he’s going to fire him rather than have a face-to-face meeting.
It has been widely reported that Jackson has already identified his ideal replacement, with Steve Kerr expected to take up the role provided that he is ready to make the move into coaching.