Regarding Juwan Howard, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be joining David Fizdale’s staff in New York, per sources.
Howard, a current Miami assistant, interviewed for the Knicks job. Fizdale may want him on his staff, but Miami would have to give the Knicks permission to allow him to leave, which is highly unlikely.
via Ian Begley, ESPN
Begley acknowledged the report on Keith Smart joining the staff (without confirming it) and mentions Memphis scout Adam Johansen and ex-Knicks coach Mike Woodson as possible candidates.
Mike Woodson still is gunning for a second stint as the Knicks’ head coach, but acknowledged he would listen if David Fizdale were to offer him an associate coaching job. That is, if Fizdale winds up beating him and nine other candidates for the Knicks’ job.
Fizdale was Woodson’s assistant coach in Atlanta from 2004 to 2008 and they now share the same agent.
When contacted by The Post, Woodson said: “I love David. I gave him his first job on the bench — I know he worked one season before in Golden State. We’re very close. I’m sure he would call.’’
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WHO HAS INTERVIEWED (WILL INTERVIEW) WHERE?
- Initially met with the Suns, but has withdrawn from consideration
- No other interviews scheduled
- Milwaukee Bucks (link)
- Charlotte Hornets (read more)
- Phoenix Suns (read more)
- Atlanta Hawks (read more)
- Orlando Magic (read more)
- Milwaukee Bucks (link)
WHICH CANDIDATES ONLY HAVE INTERVIEWS WITH THE KNICKS?
- Mark Jackson
- Mike Woodson
- Kenny Smith
- Juwan Howard
This article was published in the New York Times in 2013 about the explosion in three-point shooting. There are some interesting quotes from some of the Knicks head coaching candidates.
Mike Woodson suggests it was more a matter of roster construction than philosophy in taking so many threes.
The Knicks, who took more than a third of their shots in the regular season from behind the 3-point line — they established league records for made 3-pointers (891) and attempts (2,371) — took a 2-0 lead on Boston as nine Knicks attempted at least one 3-pointer. That sort of across-the-roster barrage was unheard-of only a few years ago.
“That’s pretty much what we do,” Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said this month. “They’re not bad shots. You’ve got guys who can make them. If I didn’t have players who could make them, trust me, I wouldn’t be shooting them. We’ve got a bunch of guys who can make the 3, and we’ve shot it with high percentages this year. When you’ve got them, you’ve got to take them.”
Mark Jackson comments on how the game has evolved from his own style of play.
“It’s an exciting brand of basketball,” said Mark Jackson, Golden State’s coach, who played point guard for 17 years in the N.B.A. “Who wants to see a point guard back down for 20 seconds? It’s a different game. It’s much more enjoyable — talking as someone who did that.”
Woodson, who posted a 109-79 record as the most successful Knicks coach since Jeff Van Gundy, interviewed Wednesday in Los Angeles after the Clippers, for whom he’s an assistant coach, granted the Knicks permission.
“He was excited about the conversation he had with Steve and Scott,’’ Brown said. “He told me it went well. It’s not rocket science. It’s basketball.
He had success [as a head coach] in New York and Atlanta and with me in Detroit and Philly, and he’s sat next to Doc [Rivers] the last four years. Those are pretty good things in his favor.
If you believe in the importance of the coach, general manager, and owner being on the same page, perhaps Woodson is an interesting candidate.
[Larry] Brown, [Mike] Woodson and Knicks general manager Scott Perry were together in Detroit in the early 2000s during glorious times for the Pistons. Perry was Detroit’s top college scout. Woodson was Brown’s assistant with the Pistons and also in Philadelphia.
“I’ve read a whole lot of qualified candidates, but I can’t imagine anyone being more qualified than Mike,’’ Brown told The Post in a phone interview.“Mike’s family to me, we speak almost daily. I have a lot of admiration for him. He’s close to Bobby Knight. I think the world of him. When he was in New York, I thought he did a really good job. The year they struggled, they lost Jason [Kidd], Rasheed [Wallace] and Kurt Thomas. Those were three older, responsible leaders and great teammates. Mike loved New York. He had a great relationship with [owner] Mr. [James] Dolan.
“And Scott Perry is great. He’s a really good guy, approachable for a coach. He’s there supporting you and pretty knowledgeable as he’s coached before. He has a great feel. I know he had a great relationship with [Woodson]. That’s always helpful. There was a culture there. Scott recognized that.’’
“The thing that separates the great teams from the struggling is management — coaches, presidents, owners are attached at the hip. To have Woody with Scott there is a pretty good formula for success.’’
Phil Jackson fires Mike Woodson as coach. Woodson finished with a 109-79 record as Knicks coach, his regular season winning percentage the third highest in franchise history.
At the time, Steve Kerr seemed the favorite to replace him.
Among the Knicks’ head-coaching interviews already completed, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse made strong cases for themselves, league sources told ESPN.
The Knicks also interviewed Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson and TNT analyst Kenny Smith for the vacancy. Woodson, who was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after two-plus seasons, isn’t considered to be in the top tier of initial candidates. Former Golden State Warriors coach and ESPN analyst Mark Jackson also interviewed for the job.