Now that Steve Kerr has passed on the New York Knicks’ head coaching job, choosing to coach a far superior roster with the Golden State Warriors instead, Knicks’ president Phil Jackson will have to go to plan B.
The plan could be current Denver Nuggets’ coach Brian Shaw, who played and worked under Jackson as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shaw has denied that he has any interest in leaving the Nuggets for the Knicks (or the Los Angeles Lakers for that matter), but that is going to stop Jackson and the Knicks from pursuing him.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks will still make a run at Shaw.
Sources told Stein and Shelburne that Jackson is a big fan of Shaw.
If Shaw didn’t take the gig with the Nuggets last summer, sources told Stein and Shelburne that Shaw would have been at the top of the Zen Master’s list for the Knicks’ opening — conceivably above Kerr.
It’s unclear what it would take to pry Shaw from Denver. The Knicks already are forfeiting their 2014 first-round pick to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade. The next pick they can offer is their 2018 first-round pick.
Shaw went 36-46 in his first season with the Nuggets.