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When the Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff on Monday, he learned the hard way that New York is the nation's most volatile market when it comes to replacing coaches.
Steve Kerr talks with UCconn coach Kevin Ollie before the Huskies Final Four game.
We also talk with Sporting News NBA writer Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney ), who chats with us about Patriots Day in Boston, the Knicks firing Mike Woodson , how much trouble the Pacers are in, the "parity" in the NBA's first round, which first-round road win was most impressive, Chris Paul 's legacy, whether he's changed his mind about any first-round ... (more)
New team president Phil Jackson wasted little time making a widely anticipated coaching change, dropping the ax on Woodson just days after the Knicks' disastrous season mercifully ended on Wednesday without a playoff berth for the first time since 2010.
For two days now - or actually for two sessions with inquiring-mind media types - the Raptors have addressed all sorts of questions about their youth and athleticism against the experience of the Methuselah-like Nets in the first-round playoff series.
No, there were too many variables outside of the Nets' control that affected the top eight slots in the Eastern Conference for Brooklyn to have any such master plan.
Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 31, 2014 at the Barclays Center.
As Eastern Conference teams around them jockeyed for playoff positioning, the Toronto Raptors went to Madison Square Garden looking to win their 49th game of the season against the New York Knicks .
Before what could be his final game as the New York Knicks ' coach, Mike Woodson maintained that he is the "only guy" for the job.
Brooklyn had a chance to clinch the No. 5 seed on Tuesday at home against New York, but missed badly.
Appropriately, the NBA followed sad suit on America's least favorite day by featuring only two games, neither of which really mattered in the grand scheme of things - until they somehow did.
At long last our 82-game NBA purgatory comes to a close Wednesday night. The remaining loose ends, most of which pertain to playoff seeding and ping-pong balls, will be decided, and hopefully the 2013-14 season will spring anew the next two-plus months.
Everything the Nets did last summer - from hiring Jason Kidd to trading for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to signing Andrei Kirilenko, among other moves - was done with one idea in mind: to give Deron Williams every opportunity to become an elite player once again.