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Knicks fire entire coaching staff

Mike Woodson and his staff are fired as the New York Knicks finish the season with a 37-45 record and miss playoffs.

Last updated: 21 Apr 2014 15:31
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Woodson compiled an overall record of 109 wins that included two consecutive NBA playoff appearances [AFP]

The New York Knicks have fired head coach Mike Woodson, as new president Phil Jackson made his first big move to put his stamp on the NBA club.

Jackson, hired last month to turn around the struggling franchise, announced in a news release that the entire coaching staff had been relieved of their duties.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," said Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in the previous two decades.

"The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual.

"But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond."

Failure to progress

The Knicks finished the season with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs after winning the division title last year and advancing to the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

In three seasons with the Knicks, Woodson compiled an overall record of 109-79 that included two consecutive NBA playoff appearances and an Atlantic Division title - the team's first in 19 years.

Woodson, 56, formerly coached the Atlanta Hawks and has a career head coaching record of 315-365.

The search for a new coaching staff will begin immediately, the team said.

Before turning to coaching, Jackson won two NBA titles with the Knicks in the early 1970s, the last time the franchise has won the championship.

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