MIKE WOODSON AND ENTIRE KNICKS COACHING STAFF FIRED AS SEARCH BEGINS FOR NEW COACH

STATEMENT FROM PHIL JACKSON AND THE NEW YORK KNICKS RELEASED THIS MORNING:

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said. "The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.

"Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best."

As speculated Steve Kerr is the prominent name mentioned as a successor to Woodson. More details later....