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Phil Jackson reportedly will consider Luke Walton, Tyronn Lue and Derek Fisher for Knicks coach

Phil JacksonPhil Jackson finds himself in a new position after being turned down by Steve Kerr: looking into Plan B.

The New York Knicks need a new coach and the team’s $12 million a year president is casting a wide net for his options to replace Mike Woodson. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, Phil is considering a combination of his former players and coaching associates for the position.

They say Jackson is looking at his former players Luke Walton and Tyronn Lue, who are already coaches. He will also look at Derek Fisher in the case that the Oklahoma City Thunder guard retires.

Jackson will also reportedly look at former coaching associates Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons, Bill Cartwright and Frank Hamblen. Current Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is another person Jackson reportedly is looking at.

Shoot, if Jackson just planned to look through all his cronies, the Knicks would have been better off saving the $12 million for Phil and just hiring a search firm for $200k.



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  • Arsen Dadyan

    Luke has parlayed a great last name into being a 10yr pro who stole $50+mill for exchange for 4pts/3rbs/3assists per career!! What a shame…classic case of “who you know” not “what you know”. Now he’s gonna get the chance to be a coach/assistant? John Wooden might have taught Bill a lot, but he didn’t teach him everything that he knows…which in turn was taught to Luke. We need a new group of coaches with experience. Not the same old group of coaches going from one team to another or the new coaches who have the last names and the backdoor hookups to give them the leverage without ever actually earning the job!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Classic case of how much bench players were overpaid in the old NBA before the salary cap