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Mike Woodson, Former Rocket, Fired as Knicks Head Coach

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(NEW YORK) — The New York Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson, a former Houston Rockets player, on Monday.

Woodson spent the last 1 1/2 seasons in New York, but fell victim to new team president Phil Jackson, who is looking for his own head coach to move forward with.

Woodson led the Knicks to the playoffs last season and a Atlantic Division title, but the team finished 37-45 this year with no playoff berth.

“Unfortunately this year just didn’t go according to plan,” Woodson said before the season finale on Wednesday against the Raptors. “So is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but again, I don’t make that decision. That’s got to come from the top.”

The Knicks were 108-79 during Woodson’s time in New York.

Woodson, who finished his college playing career with 2,062 points at Indiana University, began his professional career with the Knicks. New York drafted him 12th pick in the first round in 1980.

He eventually made it to Houston in 1988, signing with the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent shooting guard. He stayed with the Rockets until 1990.

ABC News Radio contributed to this report.

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