Anytime there are whispers off a potential coaching change with the New York Knicks, it is natural that the first name that comes out of anyone’s mouth is that of Phil Jackson.
Apparently that’s what the Knicks were thinking also.
According to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.com., Knicks general manager Steve Mills and Jackson had a meeting about two weeks ago about the possibility of the Zen Master taking over as Knicks coach.
Naturally, Jackson reportedly had no interest in the gig.
The Knicks are reportedly planning to keep coach Mike Woodson until the end of the season and make an offseason search for a marquee coach part of its pitch to Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of his contract and leave as a free agent this summer.
Reaching to Jackson from that standpoint makes sense, but the Knicks, given the mess they are in, couldn’t have expected a positive response from Jackson.
Reports suggest that Jackson doesn’t want to come back to coaching but left some wiggle room to change his mind. It is also speculated that if he does he would want front office control as well.
With James Dolans’ puppet Mills and Allan Houston already in place being groomed as the GM of the future, which is something that isn’t going to happen in New York.
The same reports suggests that the team is reportedly eyeing Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy as well but it is doubtful either would accept the position.