Sources: Woodson dumps agent at Knicks' request

The Knicks' Mike Woodson, in the midst of negotiations to elevate him from interim to permanent head coach, has dumped his agent at the request of the team, multiple sources told

Woodson notified his father-son representative tandem Joe and Keith Glass recently that he would no longer be needing their services. Two people familiar with the situation said Woodson made the move at the direction of Madison Square Garden officials who did not want to deal with the Glass family, who also represent former Knicks coach Larry Brown.

"Mike Woodson deserves the job," Keith Glass said on the phone Friday night. "I'm trying to take the high road, and I'm certainly not going to be asking anybody at the Garden for directions."

The Garden's relationship with the Glass family soured after Brown signed a five-year, $50 million deal to be the team's coach and was fired after one 23-59 season in 2005-06. Brown received $18.5 million in a settlement with the team in October 2006.

Coaching industry sources believe MSG officials are steering Woodson to be represented by the powerful Creative Artists Agency, which also represents Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and front office executive Mark Warkentien, in addition to numerous star players league-wide, such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and coaches such as the Bulls' Tom Thibodeau and Heat's Erik Spoelstra.

Woodson took over for Mike D'Antoni March 14 and went 18-6 as interim coach before coaching the franchise to its first playoff victory in 11 years. The Knicks were bounced out of the first round in a 4-1 loss to the Miami Heat.

Joe Glass, 86, broke his pelvis three weeks ago in a fall and is scheduled to be released from a rehab center next week.

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