LOS ANGELES - Phil Jackson was in the stands sitting with other Knicks executives as Mike Woodson put his team through shootaround Tuesday morning.
Jackson didn't address the team or "say much," according to Woodson, whose future as the Knicks' coach is in doubt, especially with a new president on board.
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"Until I'm able to sit down with Phil and see the direction he wants to go, all I can do is continue to coach and continue to do the best job I can," Woodson said.
Woodson hasn't had a long sit-down with Jackson yet, but he expects to at some point.
"I'm sure that will come eventually," Woodson said. "Right now our focus has been to stay the course."
Happy for Amar'e
Former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said he was concerned that Amar'e Stoudemire's career was in jeopardy after recurring knee issues, and is happy that he has been playing well lately.
"He could have given up at any time with his health issues," said the Lakers' coach, who also coached Stoudemire in Phoenix. "But he hasn't. He's worked through them and played really well."
Iman Shumpert, who missed Sunday's loss to Cleveland with an illness, was back in the lineup Tuesday night. The Knicks missed Shumpert's defense in the fourth quarter against Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack, who led them back from a 17-point deficit.
Woodson said he hopes to have Stoudemire for both games of this back-to-back. The Knicks are in Sacramento Wednesday night . . . The Lakers were without Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Steve Nash (sore right hamstring).