Knicks Morning News (Saturday, May 26 2012)
The team officially lifted Mike Woodson’s interim title and signed him to a multiyear contract — the reward for salvaging a seemingly dismal season and guiding the Knicks into the playoffs.
Madison Square Garden has a long history of dysfunction, but the hiring of Mike Woodson as the Knicks’ coach might put a stop to that.
In 1999, another lockout-shortened season, the Knicks were an eighth seed that upset a No. 1. The Knicks made it to the finals that year. Philadelphia has a chance to do the same.
The Knicks guard J.R. Smith was arrested Thursday in Florida for failing to appear in court. He has a history of legal problems.
Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points, and the Atlanta Dream won their home opener, 100-74, over the Liberty.
Philadelphia, led by Jrue Holiday, outscored the Celtics by 10 points after halftime as the Sixers won at home to force the first Game 7 between the old rivals since 1982.
Mike Woodson, who led the Knicks to an 18-6 record after replacing Mike D’Antoni, will return as the franchise’s coach after leading them to their first playoff victory in 11 years.
Elton Brand, 33, was once seen as a free-agent disappointment, but he has found his role in Philadelphia.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James dominate. The Sixers and Celtics will play a Game 7. And Craig Sager hits a high note.
Garden Chairman James Dolan is confident that Mike Woodson is the right man to lead a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff series in 12 years.
Why not Phil?
With Mike Woodson officially named Knicks head coach last night, general manager Glen Grunwald answered the $10 million per year question on why he didn’t reach out to Phil Jackson to see if he could lure the Zen Master and his NBA-record 11 coaching titles to…
It was Glen Grunwald who brought up the name before it could even be tossed at him.
“There were a lot of coaches, if we’d opened up this search, we would have reached out to,â? the Knicks general manager said last night. “Namely, Phil Jackson.â?
If there was a…
Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald sounded all in on Linsanity.Although Jeremy Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery, does not expect an easy negotiation beginning July 1, Grunwald said he can’t imagine Lin not returning because he’s a restricted free agent and the club can match any offer. However…
New SMU coach Larry Brown said his primary advice to Mike Woodson is to get along with Knicks owner James Dolan.
Brown said that’s his lone regret from his disastrous season with the Knicks and he believes Woodson won’t make the same mistake. Brown also told The Post…
The Knicks did not disclose terms of their deal with Mike Woodson, but sources told ESPNNewYork.com’s Stephen A. Smith that Woodson’s contract includes two guaranteed years and a third-year option, worth approximately $4 million per season.
It’s significant that Woodson has the opportunity to coach three seasons.
Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are all under contract for the next three seasons. All three have shown support for Woodson.