Still looking for a head coach, Jackson is considering many different candidates to fill the void, most of which are people he has ties to and could install the triangle offense.
The latest coach that Jackson could be giving a look to is Mike Dunleavy Sr.
Jackson and Dunleavy Sr. met yesterday morning, a source tells Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The two have had occasional casual meetings for a while, but yesterday’s encounter was more than just a friendly get-together, Berman hears. It’s still unclear whether Jackson considers Dunleavy a strong candidate, a source close to Dunleavy tells Berman.
According to an eyewitness, Jackson met with grizzled veteran coach Dunleavy for two hours Friday morning over breakfast at a downtown Chicago hotel.
Jackson is in Chicago for the pre-draft combine. It is believed to be the first job interview he has conducted for the head-coaching position other than Kerr, who spurned Jackson on Wednesday night in a shocker.
An NBA source confirmed the breakfast meeting and said the Brooklyn-raised Dunleavy, who was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, has used elements of the triangle offense during his four NBA head-coaching stints.
It is interesting that Jackson has gone from a potential coach with no head coaching experience to looking at a coaching veteran with a lot of miles on his tires.
Dunleavy is the father of current Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. and has a 613-716 record, including a 38-33 postseason record.
He was voted the NBA Coach of the Year back in 1999 when he coached the Portland Trail Blazers.