With Mike Woodson officially named Knicks head coach Friday night, general manager Glen Grunwald answered the $10 million-per-year question on why he didn't reach out to Phil Jackson to see if he could lure the Zen Master and his NBA-record 11 coaching titles to Madison Square Garden.
Grunwald said Woodson's postseason interview was as impressive as his 18-6 regular-season record and that slammed the door shut on Jackson.
"Woody earned the right to be the first person we talked to and turned out the only person we talked to because our discussion with him after the season really reflected why he was so successful during the season," Grunwald said on a conference call. "We thought he was the right guy for this team at this time."
He added, "Obviously there were names out there, had we opened up the search, that would've been called, namely Phil Jackson, the most successful coach in NBA history. But we felt Woody was our guy. We told Woody he'd get first crack at the job, and he hi...