With Steve Kerr headed west to coach the Golden State Warriors on a deal worth $35 million over the next five seasons, spurning the New York Knicks in the process, Phil Jackson has moved on swiftly, eyeing other candidates for the job:
Knicks regrouping after Kerr surprised w/ Golden State choice, but sources say Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis will be among those considered
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 15, 2014
Based on all of the information that has been released pertaining to the New York Knicks coaching search, it seems Phil Jackson is only looking for known quantities. Like Kerr, both Fisher and Rambis either played or coached under Phil in Los Angeles. This isn’t an unfamiliar move as personnel love to bring in people whose work they’re familiar with, but Jackson narrowing his coaching search to only figures who know the triangle is a bit peculiar.
Regardless of who the Knicks choose to go with, a Jackson disciple or another known quantity, the decision will be heavily scrutinized. We want to act like Jackson will succeed at his job due to him being one of the more decorated figures in NBA history, winning rings as both a player and head coach, but this is new territory for the former Knicks player.
The future for the Knicks is a bit bleak as Carmelo Anthony’s future is up in the air and the team is stuck in basketball purgatory until those hefty contracts from Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler clear up. They’ll need the right person at the helm and with the Dolan putting up big bucks to bring in Phil Jackson, it’s imperative that Jackson chooses the right figure for the job.