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Knicks fire Mike Woodson
The Knicks are cleaning house under Phil Jackson, as they fired Mike Woodson and the rest of the team's coaching staff on Monday. Woodson was 109-79 as the team's head coach, but he struggled to live up to expectations this season, posting a 37-45 record and missing the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference. This is the first real impact move of Jackson's tenure as Knicks president -- and Steve Kerr says he will talk about the job with Jackson -- but given the state of the team this past season, it likely will not be the last.
Knicks interested in Lamar Odom
The Knicks aren't making the playoffs this season, but that isn't delaying their plans for next season. New York is reportedly interested in signing Lamar Odom before the season ends, bringing the veteran free agent on board so he can adjust to the Knicks' system immediately. It's been a troubled year for Odom, but he's still a talented player who could end up thriving in a different situation with a team under new management.
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Eastern Conference playoff races
The Eastern Conference is, uh, not so great this season. So it's only appropriate that the two biggest races -- for the first and last playoff spots -- don't exactly feature scintillating play. This all came into focus Sunday, when the first-place Miami Heat beat, but not terribly convincingly, the struggling, ninth-place New York Knicks. Not to be outdone, the Indiana Pacers were outscored 55-23 in the first half ... at home ... in a 107-88 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks. Yikes. What's your take on the East going forward?
Will Knicks make the playoffs?
Long considered a lock to miss the playoffs, the New York Knicks are tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference after their 110-81 hammering of the crosstown-rival Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. The postseason is no given, though; the Hollinger playoff odds say they've got only a 14.2 percent chance of getting in (their schedule is much harder than that of fellow eighth-placer Atlanta, and the Hawks also currently own the tiebreaker). Will Phil Jackson's new crew pull it off? What would that mean for its future?
Phil Jackson to the Knicks
Phil Jackson has been officially introduced as Knicks president, saying that he takes the job of bringing a title to New York seriously. Jackson's hiring has made waves around the NBA. Carmelo Anthony says he's willing to reassess the way he plays if Jackson wants him to; Jackson himself said there's "no doubt" Anthony is part of the Knicks' future. Michael Jordan, meanwhile, believes Jackson can turn the long-sputtering franchise around. For fans of a team that hasn't won a championship in more than 40 years, getting the best NBA coach of all time is cause for celebration. But will it result in more rejoicing?