Pretty decent PR ploy from a coach who’s very much on the hot seat — Mike Woodson is able and willing to teach the famed Triangle Offense in New York next season, and would like Phil Jackson’s help in the matter. Per the AP:
“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.”
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.”