New York Knicks Rumors: Kurt Rambis, Derek Fisher top candidates for Knicks coaching job

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Feb 4, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Steve Kerr has spurned the New York Knicks for a better opportunity with the Golden State Warriors, the Knicks and team president Phil Jackson must regroup and answer one question.

Where do we go from here?

The Knicks are on to Plan B as they seemingly put all of their eggs in Kerr’s basket.

They rolled the dice and crapped out, which ultimately be a good thing, but the Knicks must move on.

That’s exactly what they are prepared to do and they have their eyes on a couple of potential head coaches, and no Mark Jackson is not one of them.

ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne reported late Wednesday night that the Knicks were “regrouping” after Kerr’s surprise decision but sources told Shelburne that Derek Fisher, Tyronn Lue and Kurt Rambis will be considered for the job.

That makes sense from the standpoint that Jackson has made it known that he wants to pursue candidates he’s familiar with and candidates that have an intimate knowledge of the triangle offense.

Unfortunately that is not Mark Jackson.

Fisher has indicated that he doesn’t want to pursue coaching when he retires at the end of the season, but it goes without saying that the Zen Master will aggressively pursue his former point guard.

Speaking of Jackson’s former point guards, this is the second time that Lue’s name has come up in connection with the Knicks coaching job.

Lue is currently a rising star in the coaching circles and could land his first head coaching job with the Knicks. He played for Jackson from 1998-2001, winning two rings and is currently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rambis is a logical candidate as he has head coaching experience (Minnesota, 2009-11) and was one of Jackson’s top assistant coaches from his time with the Lakers.

It’s doubtful that the Knicks go out and make a sexy hire, bringing in a big name to fill their coaching void.

Jackson wants the triangle offense installed and he is going to get it.

One way or another.

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