The New York Knicks needs not rush about who they will hire the next head coach, but rumors are swirling around the Big Apple that Phil Jackson is trimming down its list with Luke Walton, Mark Jackson and Kurt Rambis in the running for the said position.
This is what we know so far, the Knicks were given permission by the Warriors to speak and interview Luke Walton for job and Knicks President Phil Jackson had some reservation if his former Laker student would be able to handle the pressure and guide the team to which he wants it to be. However, Jackson believes that Walton has the quality of making it big in coaching as what he has shown when Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was out due to an injury.
But Walton seemed to have shut the door close to ever taking the coaching job in New York bit Jackson hopes that Walton would reconsider their offer as well. Jackson then went to reach out to Mark Jackson if he is interested in taking the bench tactician for the Knicks, however, rumors have it, that the former Warriors coach has junked any idea that he is interested in the job.
A person close to Mark Jackson dismissed an internet report that the Knicks had contacted the former Knicks guard. "Not true."
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) April 12, 2016
Thus, Jackson is down to his closest buddy, Kurt Rambis, who is also currently the interim coach for the team. Jackson has been obviously wanted Rambis to take the job but the thing that is hindering the move is Carmelo Anthony, who wants a new variety of coaching style that could help in bringing them to a new direction.
Anthony aired his frustration on Jackson’s triangle offense philosophy and would want a coach that would take the team to new heights and not based on what the team’s front office wants. The team finishing as the third-worst team in the Eastern conference with a 32-50 win-loss record could have simply gone all out to land Tom Thibodeau. Anthony has grown frustrated that they have missed another postseason run and things are not holding up for the Knicks as well, but he opted to stay with the team hoping that drastic changes would come.
But with the way things are going the only thing that is far certain is that they will not see a new head coach anytime soon as Jackson is still looking for possible candidates that could take the job and part of his headache is also looking for talented free agents that would boost their bench as well as make the right choices to come draft night.
Until then, the Knicks will have just to wait about how Jackson can turn things for them or will team owner James Dolan makes his presence felt for them to land the right person for the coaching job.
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