After firing Mike Woodson on Monday, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson looked like he was going to move quickly in terms of finding a new coach, as it was reported that the Knicks and Steve Kerr, the front runner to land the job were already in deep discussions.
However it looks like we won’t be getting an announcement on a new coach for some time.
Jackson indicated that a new coach might be in place within the next month, but he said he just wants to make sure someone’s in the job before summer league action starts in July.
But more reports have surfaced that the search very well could extend into July.
Jackson noted that he isn’t in a rush and really the only timetable to hire a coach is making a hire before the summer league in July.
He is likely to meet with Kerr next week about judging Kerr’s desire to coach, although it has been reported that coaching is Kerr’s top priority.
“We will have a conversation with him later on this month and talk to him about it and see where he’s at with his desire to coach,” Jackson told the New York Post’s Marc Berman.
Many believe that Kerr wants to coach the Knicks, but is hesitant because of the constant interference of Knicks owner James Dolan.
The most interesting part Jackson being willing to wait until July to hire a coach is the pending free agency of Carmelo Anthony as getting a coach in place to entice Anthony to stay in New York doesn’t appear to be high on his priority list.
Either way, it looks like not only the Anthony drama, but the Knicks coaching drama could drag out for another couple of months.