Phil Jackson is considered as one, if not, the most decorated personality in the NBA but after retiring from calling the shots along the sidelines, Jackson is once again on the crossroad of his career as the profession he once took beckons him once again.
Reports are circulating that Jackson might take on the role of a head coach for the New York Knicks after the offseason. ESPN reported that after firing Derek Fisher, the Knicks are contemplating on whether to bring either Brian Shaw or Luke Walton to take over the helm from interim coach Kurt Rambis.
Brian Shaw is currently coaching the Denver Nuggets while Luke Walton is an assistant to Steve Kerr over at the Golden State Warriors. Both also have been under Jackson during his tenure at the Los Angeles Lakers.
But if things do not materialize by the offseason, Aol’s Scott Davis reported that Jackson has a backup plan and this will require him to reconsider taking over the coaching job for the Knicks when they play at home and have Rambis coach the team in their road games.
Though the thought of Jackson coaching once again sends thrills around the league, but it will also test his health condition. In the 2010 to 2011 season with the Lakers, Jackson was considering retirement from coaching upon the advice of his doctors. He would then retire after the Lakers were swept by the season’s eventual champions, Dallas Mavericks.
In 2014, Jackson signed a $60 million contract with the Knicks but as its President and not as a coach. In this year’ season, the Knicks are 28-40 in the East and will again miss the playoffs, a thing that has frustrated its superstar Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony has long-shelved the idea of Jackson calling the shots for the Knicks, saying that the Zen Master’s coaching days are over. In an interview with the NYDaily, Anthony stated that Jackson will never fill the void when it comes to coaching.
“He’s not coming down. He’s not sitting on that sideline. Those days are long gone,” Anthony said.
One thing is for sure, the Knicks are missing once again the playoffs and adding to its woes is the void of having a head coach. If Jackson will make his backup plan a reality, it remains to be seen. But until then Anthony and the rest of the Knicks will just have to keep on airing their frustrations until things are settled at the front-office.
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