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SBD/May 16, 2014/Franchises
Phil Jackson Not Yet Considering Coaching Knicks; Shaw, Fisher, Walton In The Mix?
Published May 16, 2014
JACKSON'S NEXT MOVE: In N.Y., Frank Isola reports Thunder G Derek Fisher, who played under Jackson while with the Lakers, is "emerging as a leading candidate" for the job (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/16). ESPN.com's Stein & Shelburne cited sources as saying that the "most likely scenario" remains the Knicks "hiring a younger coach Jackson has worked with previously and can mentor." Sources said that in addition to Walton and Fisher, former Lakers G Tyronn Lue will "receive consideration." Sources also said that Jackson will explore whether the Nuggets "are in any way amenable" to releasing Shaw. Meanwhile, there have been "no indications to this point that Jackson, after missing out on Kerr, will consider hiring an established coach, despite the loud clamor from Knicks fans" to pursue fired Warriors coach Mark Jackson. ESPN analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy is "another theoretical candidate who would excite Knicks fans." But a source said that Jackson "is not worried about selling New Yorkers on his eventual hire" (ESPN.com, 5/15). Meanwhile, the N.Y. POST's Berman cites a source as saying that Knicks GM Steve Mills on Thursday spoke with Basketball HOFer Scottie Pippen "for about 15 minutes" at the draft combine in Chicago to gauge his "interest in potentially working for the organization in some capacity, possibly as an assistant coach" (N.Y. POST, 5/16).