Despite the New York Knicks little mini-winning streak, the question probably isn’t whether or not current head coach Mike Woodson will be relieved of his duties, but rather if he’ll last more than a week after Phil Jackson is officially named president of the team.
When…err, umm…if the Woodson firing occurs, the New York Post is reporting that former Jackson assistant coach Jim Cleamons could be in line to take over as the Knicks next head coach.
Cleamons, who is currently an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, worked as an assistant under Jackson in Chicago and Los Angeles, helping the Zen Master of the Triangle Offense win nine NBA titles.
If that isn’t enough of a connection, take into consideration that Cleamons was also a teammate of Jackson–on the Knicks–between 1977-79.
I’d say that’s enough to give Cleamons a one-up on any other candidates.
Cleamons, for his part, played dumb.
“I know the offense, but I don’t know what his plans are,’’ Cleamons said. “I’m worried about the Milwaukee Bucks. You have to ask Phil that question.’’
Stay tuned…this is going to be a fun ride through the end of the season in Madison Square Garden.