Former New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown blasted the organization in a radio interview Monday, heavily criticizing the front-office for their treatment of current coach Mike Woodson. Brown finds it “troublesome” that new team president Phil Jackson won’t be coaching. Per the AP:
“You’re not going to make the Knicks better by living in L.A. and being there half the time and not talking to your coach,” Brown said Monday in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio. “Let him coach. He was the best coach probably ever. Let him coach.
“If that’s the way they want to do it, let him coach and give Woody a way to leave graciously. But he’s out on the limb and that’s not fair. For a guy that really turned that franchise around and made people proud of the way they played, I don’t think he’s been treated fairly and that really bothers me.”
Brown also criticized general manager Steve Mills, who was brought back to the organization last summer when Glen Grunwald was surprisingly fired shortly before training camp.
“I don’t know what he knows about the sport to be honest with you,” Brown said. “I was with him. Isiah (Thomas) knows a lot. Isiah’s a bright guy. I don’t agree with the way he treats people but he was a bright guy. Steve Mills has no clue.”
Brown, a Hall of Famer, is now the coach at SMU. He was fired in 2006 after one turbulent season as the Knicks’ coach. Woodson, his former assistant in Detroit, led the Knicks to the playoffs the last two years but they are 33-45 and could be eliminated from contention this week.
Woodson led the Knicks to 54 victories last season and the franchise’s first Atlantic Division title since 1994. The team picked up the option on his contract for next season back in September, but by December, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan was asking Jackson if he wanted to coach the team.
“That’s the way the Knicks get better and give Mike a chance to leave graciously,” Brown said. “Because he did a lot for that team, and that’s unfortunate, I don’t think you treat people like that. And in the long run there is bad karma when you do that.”