If Kerr declines, and there appears to be just a little bit of doubt, Jackson is going to have to move onto other options.
Plan B won’t be Brian Shaw.
Shaw, a longtime Jackson assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers and current Denver Nuggets head coach, indicated that he has no interest in pursuing job openings with either the Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers.
“I don’t have a take on the L.A. situation or the New York situation,” Shaw told Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. “I have a job here in Denver that I’m happy with. Though the season didn’t turn out how any of us would have liked, I’m happy where I am and I’m looking forward to coaching a full complement of healthy players.”
Shaw has been among the names linked to the Knicks, along with the likes of Kerr and Derek Fisher. Shaw played for and coached with Phil Jackson when they were with the Lakers and was also Kobe Bryant‘s hand-picked choice to succeed Jackson, but the Lakers elected to hire Mike Brown instead.
But after waiting likely too long to land an NBA head coaching gig, it looks as if Shaw is content with the one he has in Denver.