Now that Steve Kerr is in Golden State and Mark Jackson seems quite comfortable back in the broadcast booth, New York Knicks’ team president Phil Jackson is still faced with the difficult decision on who will coach this team going forward.
That’s a decision that Jackson isn’t likely to make anytime soon.
Jackson won’t hire a coach or likely even interview a candidate until he can speak with current Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher, sources close to the process tell ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.
Fisher has long been one of Jackson’s top targets, along with Kerr, but there has been no indication on whether or not Fisher wants to jump into coaching after he is set to retire at the end of this season.
When will Jackson meet with Fisher?
With the Thunder in the Western Conference finals, it could be a while as he can’t meet with Fisher until OKC’s season comes to an end.
Like Kerr before him, Fisher has no coaching experience, which is fine with Jackson as Fisher is one of his guys and all indications still suggest that Jackson would prefer to hire a young coach who knows the triangle offense and one that Jackson can groom to be a head coach.
Sources also say that in addition to Fisher, the Knicks still have interest in Nuggets coach Brian Shaw but do not currently plan to ask the Nuggets’ permission to speak with him.
If the Knicks were to seriously want Shaw, they would have to acquire him and they currently do not possess the draft picks that it would take to swing a deal.