Mar 12, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) talks with head coach Mike Woodson during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Jim Cleamons possibly next New York Knicks coach


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.

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  • Marty Susman

    As I have said many times, Phil was a good player, a GREAT coach BUT we shall see if he begins to rub folks the wrong way as a front office guy…Being in his age group, I am very happy for him being able to go back to where it started for him. Remember what a great player M.J. was and what a BAD owner, remember what a GREAT player Jerry West was, not a good coach but great GM, Pat Riely a yuck player, a great coach…You get the idea, good luck Ohil