Phil Jackson Says Knicks Were Winning on Pure Talent Not Coaching
The New York Post is reporting that several Knicks players had less flattering things to say about Mike Woodson ability during their exit interviews with team President Phil Jackson.
According to the report, most of the players in the Knicks locker room felt that they won games solely on talent alone.
The Knicks finished 37-45, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10. During his 24-minute press conference Wednesday, Jackson didn’t mention Woodson’s name once.
“One of the messages from the players was that it was a very talented team,’’ Jackson said. “They had to have a lot of games where they forced their talent on opposing teams rather than playing with freedom to make things easy. All the wins were hard to get. They were winning with talent and not with team play, which I thought was an accurate statement.
“I think the talent’s there,’’ Jax added. “How to blend it together is a coaching decision and a personnel decision.’’
Woodson guided the Knicks to a 109-79 record in two-plus seasons, including a .580 regular-season winning percentage (the third highest of any coach in franchise history.)