2.) Does Phil Jackson need to expand his coaching search beyond just his former players?
Davis: This is an issue that’s been bothering me. Beyond Mark Jackson and occasionally Jeff Van Gundy, all of the names we’ve heard — Steve Kerr, Brian Shaw, Derek Fisher, Tyronne Lue, Luc Longley — are all former Phil disciples. We don’t know just how triangle-oriented the Knicks’ offense will be next season, and Jackson’s former guys may very well bring new stuff to the table, but it’d be nice for Jackson to expand the search a bit. I’m also hesitant about how successful the triangle can be with this team (with or without Carmelo Anthony), but that’s another story.
Shetler: No not really. It’s only right that Jackson would want to surround himself with his people who are familiar with what he wants to do. Other people in charge of other teams bring in the coach they want so New York should be no different. If the roster would be in any shape to contend for a championship I would feel different, but like I said in the above question, I ultimately feel that Jackson will hire a more experienced coach when the roster is better built and systems are in place. Whoever gets the job is just keeping the seat warm until then, so one of Phil’s former players is fine.
Griffo: No doubt. Steve Kerr was the outright best option, but that chance is now gone. If Lionel Hollins happens to go elsewhere, then P.J Carlesimo would be an interesting hire. It won’t hurt to hire anyone on the market, as long as the potential coaching hire isn’t a former player of Phil’s.
Mehra: Most definitely. He needs to look outside of the triangle, because right now, the only person I would want coaching the triangle is Steve Kerr, and he is no longer an option. With coaches such as Lionel Hollins, George Karl, and P.J. Carlesimo on the open market, quality can be found outside of options comfortable for Phil Jackson.