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Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  13 responses

Reports: Knicks Owner Forced Mike Woodson to Fire His Agent


Despite denials, it’s widely believed that Mike Woodson and the Knicks are in preliminary talks regarding a contract extension for the head coach. And according to both the NY Post and NY Daily News, the Knicks pressured Woodson into getting rid of his agent: “Mike Woodson’s relationship with Larry Brown didn’t prevent the Knicks from hiring him last summer, but in order to keep the job long term the coach has, at the urging of Madison Square Garden management, distanced himself from the Hall of Famer. Woodson’s contract negotiations with the Knicks began last week when the interim head coach decided to fire his agent, Joe Glass, who also represents Brown, the Daily News has learned. For five years and up until last Friday, Woodson had been represented by Glass, who negotiated Brown’s five-year, $50 million contract with the Knicks in the summer of 2005. Brown spent one tumultuous season as Knicks coach before Garden chairman James Dolan fired him with cause. The ugly divorce ended with a settlement in October of 2006, in which Brown received an $18.5 million payout. The bitterness from that break-up apparently still exists since, according to a source, Woodson was advised that it would be in his interests to change agents. A person close to Woodson denies that the Garden influenced his decision, saying only that Woodson felt changing representation would assure of him of signing a long-term deal with the club. Glass, 87, is in declining health and was unavailable for comment. His son, Keith, spoke on behalf of the Glass family when he said: ‘Hey, Mike deserves the job. I’m trying to take the high road and I won’t be asking anyone at the Garden for directions.’”

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  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Phil is on line one JD.

  • RunNGun

    Hmm… another day in the lives of the dysfunctional Knicks organization. Boring…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Hold your head up, RunNGun. Those pesky Bulls of yours put up a valiant fight against the mighty 76ers.

  • RIGGS

    one of the worst owners in sports.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Give me a break Riggs. I love Dolan’s passion for the Knicks, his loyality, and his willingness to spend money for a winner. Yeah, what a terrible owner. smh

  • Fat Lever

    You know who else has those same characteristics Orange? Daniel Snyder. And that team is just as dysfunctional as the Knicks. So yea, great owner.

  • abaci

    How about those knicks!!!! one postseason win in 11 years!!!! The mecca of basketball is back on top!!!

  • MikeC.

    Meh. I’m sure this kind of thing happens all the time in every league. It just gets reported because it’s the Knicks this time.

  • ClydeSays

    I loved Keith Glass’ comeback: I’m trying to take the high road and I won’t be asking anyone at the Garden for directions.’”

    Stay classy, Dolan. Taking money out of the pocket of an 87 year old man.

  • http://abcnews charliewinning

    Now let’s hope they don’t overpay for him. Glass isn’t going to be poor just because Mike Woodson fired him. I don’t feel sorry for him.

  • RunNGun

    @RIGGS You want a terrible owner? Try Donald Sterling. Dolan would be in my top five though. The guy leans too much on Zeke; he made a huge mistake letting Walsh go. Walsh was the guy who put the Knicks back on the map.

  • NotaHater

    Zeke wants his old job back…make it happen Dolan!!

  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    @IAMORANGE4EVER: You forgot “instilling the Garden with a respect for women, knowing when to fire underperforming staff, knowing which players to sign to construct a great team, listening to your good staff and ignoring your bad staff, understanding what it takes to win, respecting your fans, respecting the game and being able to write great songs.”

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