Hollins: Mike Woodson Should Be Knicks' First Choice

The Knicks are searching for a head coach – again

Taz and the Moose
April 17, 2018 - 10:29 am

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After parting ways with Jeff Hornacek, the New York Knicks are once again searching for a new head coach. The Knicks have had 11 head coaches since 2000, including six since 2008.

Who should they hire?

“I look back at the history of the Knicks recently and the best coach they had was Mike Woodson, but Phil Jackson came in and decided to get rid of him and bring in Derek Fisher,” former NBA coach and current NBA TV analyst Lionel Hollins said on Taz & The Moose. “Come on. If you want to go back and you know somebody can build a culture and build a team and has done it in your city, with your organization, with the media in New York – Mike Woodson would be the first choice.”

Woodson led the Knicks to 54 wins in 2013 – their most since 1997 – but was dismissed after a 37-45 campaign in 2014. The Knicks have averaged 27.3 wins over the last four seasons.

If the Knicks don’t want to bring back Woodson, perhaps they should consider Mark Jackson, who played for the franchise from 1987-92 and again from 2001-02. Jackson coached Golden State from 2011-14.

“Mark Jackson did a great job of building the Warriors when they were young,” Hollins said. “And so, him coming back would be also a good move."