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Knicks Fire Head Coach Mike Woodson

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.  

Woodson spent the last one-and-half seasons in New York, but fell victim to new team president Phil Jackson, who is looking for his own head coach to move forward with.

Woodson led the Knicks to the playoffs last season and an Atlantic Division title, but the team finished 37-45 this year with no playoff berth.

"Unfortunately this year just didn’t go according to plan," Woodson said before the season finale on Wednesday against the Raptors. "So is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but again, I don’t make that decision. That’s got to come from the top."

The Knicks were 108-79 during Woodson's time in New York.

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ESPN: Knicks Reach out to Phil Jackson

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The rollercoaster season continues for the New York Knicks.

According to ESPN, Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills met with legendary coach Phil Jackson about two weeks ago about the possibility of Jackson becoming the team's next head coach.

Mike Woodson is still the head coach of the Knicks, but the team has struggled under him.  They enter play Friday with a 22-40 record and currently sit 5 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

ESPN is also reporting that the message the Knicks received from Jackson was that he was not interested in the position at this time.

According to a report by The New York Daily News, The Knicks offered Jackson a front office job and expect a decision next week.

The 68-year-old Jackson has won 11 NBA championships as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.  In 20 seasons he has compiled a record of 1,155-485.

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Mike Woodson Says Amar'e Stoudemire Out a While, He Disagrees

NBA via New York Knicks(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) -- New York Knicks foward Amar'e Stoudemire's knees are acting up again, something that is all too familiar to fans. Even though Knicks head coach Mike Woodson declared that Stoudemire would miss time with an injury, Stoudemire disagrees with that assessment.

"Amar'e's going to be out a while," Woodson said on Tuesday. "I don't know, but he won't play tomorrow. Kenyon [Martin] is out as well. Hopefully Tyson [Chandler] feels good after tonight, will be able to get back in uniform."

Still, Stoudemire took to Twitter, saying the exact opposite from Coach Woodson. "Fans, IM NOT INJURED, just want u to know I'm ONLY stay'n bk bc of 6 games n 9 days w/ bk2bks! Body & knees feel great!"

Aside from his first season in New York, Stoudemire's health has been a constant source of concern and debate for the team. He now requires a minutes limit and other restrictions that keep him from playing an 82-game schedule.

Stoudemire is in his twelth NBA season, fourth with the Knicks. In 19 games this season, the former All-Star is averaging 7.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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Knicks' Woodson Fined $25K 

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for his public criticism of referees.

Woodson’s comments came Thursday, one day after the Knicks overtime loss to Indiana.

He referred specifically to a play late in the contest where he believed star player Carmelo Anthony was fouled.  No call was made and New York went on to lose, 103-96.

The third year head coach complained that his top player was not getting the same treatment as some of the leagues other superstars.

Anthony said that he would not comment on the officials after the game on Wednesday night but has voiced his displeasure in the past. Following a loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 14, Anthony said in order for a foul to be called “I got to get cut; you’ve got to see blood.”

Woodson and the Knicks are 3-8 on the season so far and have lost their last four games.

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Knicks' Mike Woodson Calls Out Team's Effort

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks are off to a rough start at 2-4. Even on Sunday, the Knicks were dominated by the San Antonio Spurs 120-89, and head coach Mike Woodson is starting to question the team's effort.

"We didn't compete tonight. That's just unacceptable," Woodson said following the loss. "Right from the start, we let our offense, shots that we missed, dictate how we defend on the other end."

While the Knicks' defense has been respectable this season, their offense has struggled mightily. Going into Monday night, the team averages 93.0 points per game, 25th in the NBA.

"This city and...this organization, is not known for being patient," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. "But right now we have to figure it out. If patience is the way to go, then patient we have to be. There's no panic button being pushed now. We have to figure it out."

Perhaps the biggest issue facing the Knicks right now is that starting center and defensive anchor Tyson Chandler is out for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken right fibula.

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Spurs Blowout Knicks, 120-89

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Long Island native and Spurs shooting forward Danny Green led the team to a 120-89 win over the Knicks on Sunday.

Green scored 24 points and collected 10 rebounds in the huge win over New York. 

"I thought tonight we played a good, solid B+, A- game," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "There were some good things out there."

The Knicks dropped to 2-4 for the season and are 1-3 at home.

"We didn't compete tonight. That's just unacceptable," Woodson said. "Right from the start, we let our offense, shots that we missed, dictate how we defended on the other end."

Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points on 10 shots and sat on the bench most of the fourth quarter and wasn't happy about the team's performance.

"It was embarrassing for us to come here on our home court and lose a game like this," said Anthony. "It wasn't about losing a game. It was just how we lost the game. We didn't compete today, and it showed out there on the court."

Spurs guard Tony Parker dished out six assists and scored 17 in the win.

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J.R. Smith Wants to Start

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) -- Despite winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season, Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith doesn't mind coming off the bench, but would rather start.

"I've always wanted to start. Everybody knows that," Smith said. "I won the Sixth Man [Award] last year, so I felt as though there's nothing left to prove at the sixth-man spot."

"But at the same time, if that's what my team needs me to do, that's what I'll do," he continued. "If Coach wants me to be a sixth man, I'll be a sixth man. If he wants me to start, I'll start. That's up to him."

Smith averaged 18.1 points a game, 2.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds last season and will compete for the starting job with third-year guard Iman Shumpert this preseason.

Smith is currently off the court recovering from offseason knee surgery and is planning on playing the final preseason game on Oct. 25.

"I'm trying to play the last preseason game but I'm not going to put the pressure on myself. If I don't feel I'm ready, I'm not going to play," Smith said.

As for the competition with Shumpert, Smith said it comes down to what head coach Mike Woodson decides.

"When [Woodson] decides to make the choice we both have to live with it, between myself and Shump," Smith said. "It's a competition at this point, he's winning. He's healthy, he's able to play. When I'm back ready, I'll be ready."

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Knicks Live to Fight Another Day 

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --   The New York Knicks played well enough on Thursday night to extend their season for at least one more game.

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points as the Knicks topped the Indiana Pacers 85-75 to avoid elimination and force a Game 6 Saturday night in Indianapolis.

J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland combined to score 26 points off the bench for the Knicks, who are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.

"I was totally impressed because we met the challenge," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "I think as a coach you come into games like this and you want to see who's going to step up and make plays, and I thought we did that tonight. We were the better team in terms of doing that."

Paul George led Indiana with 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists.  They played without point guard George Hill, who suffered a concussion in Game 4.  His status for the remainder of the series is in question.  The Pacers committed 19 turnovers.

The Knicks now trail the Pacers 3-2 in the series and need to win Saturday to force a Game 7 back in New York on Monday night.

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Knicks' Smith Takes Blame for Pacers Series

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks will have to roll off three straight wins in order to move onto the Eastern Conference finals after a Game 4 loss to the Pacers on Tuesday night.

One of the biggest reasons for the Knicks struggles in the series has been the play of Knicks Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith.

"I take the blame for this whole series," Smith said on Tuesday following the loss. "It started off with Game 4 in Boston or Game 5. I haven't been playing myself. I haven't been playing my part. I've been letting my teammates down. I've been letting my coaches down."

Smith is 18-for-64 in the series and hopes to turn things around on Thursday night at home.

"We're going to need him to score some for us," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. "He's going to have to put these two games here in Indiana behind us."

The odds are against the Knicks, who won the No. 2 seed in the East, following their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.  Only eight teams in NBA history have won a series after trailing 3-1.

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Pacers Push Knicks to Brink of Elimination 

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  George Hill scored 26 points, Paul George added 18 and the Indiana Pacers pushed the New York Knicks to the brink of elimination with a 93-82 victory on Tuesday night.

The win moved the Pacers to just one win away from their first conference finals appearance since 2004.

"We wanted it," George said. "For us to come out with that edge, still, after being up 2-1 and being on our floor for Game 4, for us to be up and ready and have an edge to play, it just speaks to how focused we are right now."

Roy Hibbert had a relatively quiet game after dominating the Knicks in the first three games of the series.  He chipped in six points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks in 37 minutes.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points, but the rest of the team struggled offensively.  J.R Smith scored 19 points on 7-for-22 shooting and Amar'e Stoudemire was called for four fouls in over 11 minutes, playing in only his second game since March 7.

"I can't lose hope," coach Mike Woodson said. "It takes four games to get out of this series. We go home, we handle our business and we get back here on Friday and see if we can force Game 7."

Game 5 is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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