New York Knicks Rumors: Phil Jackson met with Mike Dunleavy Sr. about coaching job

New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is starting to get busy now that Steve Kerr has spurned the Knicks for greener pastures with the Golden State Warriors.

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.

Berman writes:

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.

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  • Pupman

    The Knicks have a diamond in the waiting and they just can’t see it. Restricting the search for coaches and coaching assistants for the Knicks to those who played under Phil Jackson is insane. The Knicks need the best coach out there who could work with Phil Jackson. Jeff Van Gundy is a proven entity. Now they are talking to Dunleavy and Scottie Pippin. It makes no sense. Next we’ll hear that they want to interview Kobe or Shaq or Magic Johnson for the job. Maybe someone in college who knew Phil there. Maybe Jeanne Buss. There needs to be an expanding of the horizons. Tapping a Jeff Van Gundy would be a meeting of the minds. He could learn the triangle because he already believes in the principles of the triangle – spread the floor and pass the ball. Jeff has said today on the ESPN’s Ian O’connor show as reported by Bleacher Report “If Phil Jackson ever wanted to talk basketball with me, which, listen, who knows if that’s true, but if he ever did, of course I would take the time, because I’m sure I could benefit from the conversation.” Phil and Jeff could do great things together. Things would improve immediately. Forget Scottie Pippin and Kurt Rambus (a coaching failure), and Fisher (although Fisher would be a good assistant coach, though they would have to pay him like a coach for him to accept the position). Jeff Van Gundy is your man NY. He is a proven basketball mind and strategist. Don’t let this one go. If it works, the upside is a mile high. The answer is right in front of their eyes.