Tough Pre-Season for Jackson

After three consecutive seasons of advancing to the Playoffs, the New York Knicks were eliminated this year, which made coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff lose their jobs.

According to the website SportsBettingDime.com, Brian Shaw is listed with 4/1 to be the new coach of the Knicks, followed by Kurt Rambis, Derek Fisher and Scottie Pippen.

There have been eight different coaches since the Knicks reached the NBA Finals for the last time in the 1998-99 season and at this moment their options have been reduced.

The Big Apple team was very interested in hiring Steve Kerr, however, the former Chicago Bulls player decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors while Stan Van Gundy joined the Detroit Pistons.

But the problem of searching for a new coach will not be the only one that Phil Jackson will face this preseason, as forward Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent this summer.

The player failed to advance to Playoffs for the first time in his career and qualified the Knicks season as a big failure, but said he wants to remain with the team despite interest from other teams, including the Lakers and Rockets.

Anthony said that he would accept less money if they recruit players to rebuild the team to fight for the top places in the league. The Knicks could offer him a five-year, $130 million.

Although Anthony averaged 27.4 points per game, the New York team finished in the 20th place in the league in points scored per game (98.6).

Phil Jackson should find a solution as soon as possible to end this team slump as they have only been able to win 40 or more games twice in the last 13 years, and had not overcome the conference semifinals since 1999.