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Knicks Coach Lenny Wilkens Steps Down

Knicks' Downward Spiral Takes Down Wilkens

GREENBURGH, N.Y., Jan. 22 - Lenny Wilkens, the Brooklyn native who returned home to help revive a moribund Knicks franchise, only to find the task overwhelming, resigned as head coach Saturday, one year and eight days after he was hired.

Wilkens said the decision was his, and team officials privately insisted he had not been forced out. There were indications, however, that Wilkens had at the least been nudged out the door, and several players treated the announcement with suspicion.

The team immediately named Herb Williams, an assistant since 2001, as the interim head coach. The search for a permanent successor will not begin until this summer, when Phil Jackson, a former Knick with nine championships as an N.B.A. coach, is expected to be the leading contender.

Jackson has expressed interest in the position publicly, and Knicks officials have quietly let him know that the interest is mutual. Larry Brown, a New York native, could also be in the mix if he leaves the Detroit Pistons after the season.

Comments

  • speaking in the nba's point of view, as well as mine, masyado nang outdated yung style niya. the nba is looking for more of a george karl/doug collins type who rips the players in interviews and/or thrashes the lockers...much more marketable than a nice-guy type like wilkens, yet harder to play for...
  • on the other hand, it's good that the knicks are after a player's coach like phil jackson...the guy's got no nba job and he's the best unemployed coach out there...
  • Palagay ko nasa players din iyon. Pag natatalo talaga, sa coach unang sinisisi.
  • I agree.. Lenny Wilkens style of coaching seems to be outdated already (as evident by his last year in Toronto)..

    but to be fair.. some of the blame should go to Isiah Thomas.. too much expectations from the team.. considering the lineup that he has assembled..
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