Mar 17, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw reacts to a call in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks will not pursue Brian Shaw as head coach


It appears as if another one has bitten the dust for Phil Jackson.

Just days after rumors leaked suggesting that Shaw was a potential candidate for the New York Knicks head coaching job, it’s being reported that Shaw is no longer a candidate as the Knicks brass decided it would be too costly to get Shaw out of his current deal with the Denver Nuggets which runs for another two seasons.

The Knicks still have interest in Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw but do not currently plan to ask the Nuggets’ permission to speak with him. Because league rules restrict teams to offering only cash or draft picks as compensation for coaches, and not players, sources say New York fears it likely can’t meet the Nuggets’ demands if it were to try to get Shaw out of his contract.

While Shaw has long been thought of as a solid coach, his first year at the helm was rather rocky and likely didn’t do much to inspire any confidence, especially given the reports of player-coach turmoil.

Shaw of course played under Jackson and brings with him a knowledge of the triangle offense, something Jackson is apparently adamant in implementing, but the two sides don’t appear as if they’ll be a match.


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