New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson could be on the verge of making changes to the franchise’s front office after enduring a miserable season this year.
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Since taking control of team matters last year, Jackson has already fired former coach Mike Woodson, while the Knicks also removed D-League coach Kevin Whitted after he guided the Westchester Knicks to a disappointing 10-36 record this season.
Jackson insisted when taking the job that he would take time to assess the organisation and its personnel before making any changes that he felt were necessary.
After almost a full season to observe and make his judgements, it is reported by ESPN that several front-office figures are just “waiting for the other shoe to drop” when it comes to a new strategy being implemented by reshaping the organisation’s management team.
While it is expected that Derek Fisher will remain as coach next season despite a disastrous first year in charge, others may not be so fortunate.
Jackson added Clarence Gaines Jr as a front office member, while Steve Mills remained as general manager, Allan Houston as assistant GM and Mark Warkentien as director of pro player personnel.
It is unclear at this stage as to who will survive this year, but what is certain is that Jackson is still committed to creating a culture within the organisation from top to bottom.
Whitted was replaced by assistant coach Craig Hodges who played three seasons for Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, and he has been tasked with teaching the D-League outfit the triangle offense over their final three games while Houston noted that the Knicks are focused on developing and preparing players for the next step in their careers as per ESPN.
This summer marks a vital point for the Knicks as they look to rebuild the roster in both free agency and with the Draft.