Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks’ current list of head coach candidates pretty much includes anyone who ever played for Phil Jackson. Al Iannazzone of Newsday gave a scoop on the latest New York Knicks rumors, tossing a new name into the rink:
“There are a number of open jobs,” Fox said. “I’ve been looking and in conversations with Phil Jackson, in supporting his vision for the Knicks. I love the Lakers, obviously. They’re a little unsure which direction they want to go in right now. I think you’ll probably get a quicker answer out of New York.
“I’m hoping — I keep saying to Phil Jackson — he needs to coach the team. He’s the best guy for it. He’s the holy grail of coaches. If he needed my support in some way, it’d be hard to turn him down. Or if he needed me to step in and do the job myself, I’d definitely welcome that.”
Rick Fox, recall, played for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was part of the three-peat teams in the early 2000s. He’s been working as an analyst on NBA TV for the last several years, and in my mind, does an OK job.
The larger problem in all of this is that Jackson seems so bent on only looking at former disciples and people who would know the triangle. Jackson has had great success with the triangle, but he also coached some of the all-time greatest players in Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal, to name a few. The Knicks might have Carmelo Anthony in the future, but if not, they don’t really have a stacked team to make the triangle work.
If Jackson really wants to do a thorough job, he should be looking at all possibilities of coaches and all possible systems. The triangle hasn’t been used effectively in several years, particularly in a league that emphasizes uptempo, floor-spreading basketball.
But sure, add Rick Fox to the list.