Mike Woodson of the New York Knicks handles bench duties during the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center April 15, 2014 in Brooklyn.
Bruce Bennett

Mike Woodson is out of a job. As his first big move as the new team president of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson fired the Knicks’ two-season coach Monday morning. According to New York’s Daily News, Jackson said in a statement, “The time has come for change throughout the franchise.”

Woodson, a former Knick himself, was hired as an assistant coach during the 2011-12 season and eventually went on to replace Mike D’Antoni. Everything seemed to be going well for the Knicks last year, when Woodson led them to a 54-28 record and the team’s first Atlantic Division championship since 1994. The 2013-14 season, however, was a tough one for the Knicks. Their dismal 37-45 couldn’t even buy the team a playoff spot.

After realizing all was lost for the season, Woodson admitted his failures. “You can point the fingers in a lot of directions. And I’m not going to sit here and air that out. At the end of the day I’m the coach, and I didn’t get it done. It’s just that simple,” he said last week. “Being the coach, I just apologize to the fans … We dug a hole early and then tried to make a major push here at the end to get in, and we just didn’t get it done.”

Commentary following Woodson’s firing has heated up social media all morning:

Woodson’s coaching career includes six seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, who had three playoff appearances under his leadership. He has a career record of 315-365.


Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.