Carmelo Anthony must be happy now. Phil Jackson is finally making the rounds. After interviewing former Cavs coach David Blatt and former Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel, Jackson met former Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek in an interview on Monday at Los Angeles.
The Knicks’ management was severely criticized for their narrow search for the head coach’s post. Jackson interviewed both Vogel and Hornacek following a warning from Carmelo Anthony who clarified that he would have a problem if more options aren’t explored.
Hornacek coached the Suns for less than three seasons and managed to earn consideration for the coach of the year award for his debut season which registered 48 wins. Hornacek was fired last season following a 14-35 record.
There’s also a history of respect for Jackson to Hornacek dating back to the latter’s playing days at Utah Jazz.
According to sources, Hornacek is a strong candidate to replace Luke Walton as Warriors’ assistant coach when the former takes charge as Lakers’ boss, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. The Houston Rockets also interviewed the former Suns’ coach for their head coach’s job.
Interim head coach Kurt Rambis is pretty close to Phil Jackson. He wants his “interim” tag to be removed and Jackson was eager to do so. But Melo isn’t happy with Rambis’ coaching style and wanted the front office to explore the market before finalizing their decision. Tom Thibodeau was Anthony’s choice, but the president declined to contact him. This time, Jackson had to oblige, but Rambis will remain as the Knicks’ assistant coach as long Jackson is around, irrespective of whoever among the above mentioned three takes charge of the New York Knicks as head coach.
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