Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/4/13
There's eccentric, there's irrational, there's absurd and then there's the New York Knicks. Madison Square Garden's NBA inhabitants have never been known for their sensible business models, but the 3-13 Knicks have officially reached new levels of insanity. According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, head coach Mike Woodson, if he's fired, could be succeeded by assistant general manager Allan Houston: But Allan Houston, supposedly the GM in training, looms as a potential successor. The word around Knicks camp is that [James] Dolan wouldn’t hesitate to promote him to head coach if the Knicks don’t turn things around sooner than later. Houston’s $100 million contract placed the Knicks in salary cap purgatory for years. Maybe having to coach this Knicks team would be his payback. See what I mean? The Knicks are a circus, and every time you think the madness has subsided, another clown climbs out of a pint-sized car. The New York Post's Marc Berman initially reported that Woodson, who has coached the Knicks to nine straight losses, was on the hot seat. However, Berman was throwing around replacements like Jeff Van Gundy—not Houston, who has no head coaching experience at the NBA level. It's unclear, then, what Knicks owner James Dolan has to gain by promoting Houston. Such a move could be considered a last resort, only to be explored if the Knicks were unable to find anyone else, but the language here throws us off. Dolan wouldn't "hesitate" to endorse Houston? Does that mean the former Knicks shooting guard is his first choice? Is it Dolan's way of showing Mikhail Prokhorov that he can promote former players, too? Or is Dolan just aware that few veteran sideline wanderers want to work for him anymore? George Karl, the reigning Coach of the Year, remains unemployed and is presumably itching for another job—just not with the Knicks. "There are days I wish it would ring, and there are days I don’t want it to ring," Karl told Dave Krieger of 850 KOA in Denver. "I mean, I watch the Knicks play, and I wouldn’t want to be in that hell for a million dollars."
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