New York Knicks: Five best candidates to replace Mike Woodson

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Mar 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks new president of basketball of operations Phil Jackson is introduced at a press conference at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, the New York Knicks finally made the move that has been anticipated for months when they fired head coach Mike Woodson.

Woodson has reportedly been bracing for the move for some time and although he wanted to stay and the organization waited until after the season to fire him, it was widely expected.

Woodson’s Knicks career got off to a very nice start. After taking over for the fired Mike D’Antoni during the 2011-12 season, Woodson led the team to 18 wins in their last 24 games and got the Knicks back into the postseason. In the 2012-13 season, the Knicks finished 54-28 and defeated the Boston Celtics in six games in the first round of the postseason. They were defeated a round later by the Indiana Pacers in six games.

This season, the Knicks took several steps back, finishing just 37-45 and missing the playoffs in a very watered down Eastern Conference.

With Phil Jackson now in control, it is expected that Jackson will name someone he is familiar with, likely a former player or assistant coach, as Woodson’s replacement.

We’ll take a look at five potential candidates who could land the gig.

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