Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Brown: Woodson Would’ve Kept Agent if He Left Knicks
Larry Brown says Mike Woodson would have kept his agent had he left the Knicks and negotiated with another team.
Instead, Woodson dumped agent Joe Glass and replaced him with Terry Prince of CAA in order to negotiate his extension with Knicks owner Jim Dolan.
“Joe Glass loves Mike Woodson,” Brown, now the SMU coach, told SNY.tv by phone. “Mike loves him. The whole thing is Mike didn’t feel like Mr. Dolan would talk to him because of my relationship with him and what transpired with me and the Knicks. We had to go to court so [Woodson] didn’t fire [Glass].”
Glass represented Brown during his messy divorce with the Knicks in 2006, and Woodson felt it would be best to change agents in order to facilitate his deal with the Knicks. Woodson was extended for three years on May 25 when the franchise opted to go with him instead of pursuing Phil Jackson, owner of 11 NBA rings.
“Woody just called me and said, ‘If I don’t stay with the Knicks, Mr. Glass is going to negotiate my contract anywhere else’ but he wanted to be with the Knicks,” Brown said.
“That was the only reason that it happened the way it happened….The reality was, Mr. Dolan wasn’t going to negotiate with Joe.”
Brown added: “If [Woodson] didn’t go with the Knicks, if he went anywhere else, Mr. Glass was going to represent him. He didn’t fire Joe.”
“I truly want to set the record straight with this agent thing,” Woodson said May 25. “I have no contract with the Glasses. I paid for my services and I elected to move on. Mr. Dolan had nothing to do with me making this decision. It was Mike Woodson’s decision. I have every right to make that decision if I choose to do that and I did that. And for me and my family, it’s a wonderful day because I’ve executed a contract with the Knicks and I have Mr. Dolan and Mr. Grunwald to thank for that.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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