Mike Woodson does not know exactly what the future holds for him, considering Phil Jackson will be introduced as head of the Knicks on Tuesday with a mandate to make changes. But the Knicks' coach knows how the game works and he isn't panicking or complaining.
Woodson does not know Jackson very well. Their only real conversation occurred last year, when the current coach was among the hosts for a dinner of former championship Knicks players. Jackson was warm and supportive. And the current-and possibly soon-to-be-former-coach was similarly complimentary Saturday about Jackson.
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"Any time you've got a great basketball mind that comes into your organization, I mean, it can do nothing but help,'' Woodson said. "Phil has been through the wringer, he has won titles. He has dealt with players individually, he has dealt with players as a team. There's probably nothing he hasn't seen from a basketball standpoint. So I've got to think it's got to be a plus.
"As a coach, I've always just tried to go about my job. In Atlanta, we'd all sit down as a unit -- the owner, the general manager, the assistant general manager, the scouts, the coaches -- and try to come up with the best solution for your ballclub. Then as a coach, I've got to go out and coach them up. It's always been that way. I've had some say the last few years here, under Glen [Grunwald], being able to field players we felt could help us win basketball games, and I think we did a pretty good job of that the last year and a half.
"When someone new comes in, he has his own thought process and philosophy in terms of how he feels and how the shape of the team should be. Until he gets here, you have no idea what he's thinking and what direction he wants to go.''
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