Action Items for NY Knicks' New Head Coach

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Action Items for NY Knicks' New Head Coach
USA TODAY Sports
If presumed frontrunner Steve Kerr takes the Knicks job, he'll have some tweaks to make.

Whoever winds up being the next coach of the New York Knicks is going to have to immediately start juggling the personalities in the locker room.

After finishing second in the East in 2012-13, Mike Woodson returned much of the same roster for what turned out to be a 2013-14 season so tumultuous and discordant that it cost him his job.

The 37-45 Knicks did not consistently pressure opponents offensively, lacking the small-ball fluidity and ball movement from the year prior, and were just lost on the other end of the floor. The new guy will have to create order where Woodson could not, crafting workable team schemes and getting the individuals to buy in.

With Phil Jackson providing the vision for the franchise now, the coach will be his emissary roaming the sidelines. That presence from the front office should make the job more attractive, but it's also another layer of pressure to negotiate.

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