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Woodson not mad Knicks wanted Jackson for his job

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Woodson not only isn't mad the New York Knicks wanted Phil Jackson for his job, he knows a guy if Jackson seeks a coach to run the triangle offense.

"Could I teach it? Absolutely I could teach it," Woodson said Wednesday. "But it'd be even better if he'd help me teach it. That would be great. Who would be better in teaching the triangle than Phil Jackson?"

Woodson spoke for the first time since the Knicks' news conference Tuesday, when he learned that Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan originally talked to Jackson in December about coaching the team. Jackson wasn't interested, and now the Knicks instead have hired him as team president.

"Mr. Dolan, this is his team, he has that right to talk to anyone about a coaching position," Woodson said. "Again, I mean, he said it, it happened obviously. But again, I'm the coach of the Knicks right now and I still have a job to do."

Jackson said he wouldn't insist on the triangle, the offense he used to win an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach. But he spoke passionately about the offense and its principles, so it may be his hope.

Jackson met with the coaches and players earlier Wednesday and attended the Knicks' 92-86 victory over Indiana, receiving a loud, standing ovation when shown on the overhead video board during a first-quarter timeout.

For now, Woodson said his only concern is trying to the get the Knicks into the playoffs. Jackson was supportive of Woodson and said Tuesday they would have a discussion after the season, so for now Woodson has hopes of returning.

"If that may be the case and I get that opportunity, sure I think I can — I know I can teach the triangle offense," Woodson said. "I mean, it's basketball. It's what we do."

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