Top target Steve Kerr has now opted to join the Golden State Warriors…
New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is reportedly still searching to appoint a young coach that he feels he can mentor in the upcoming season.
Jackson was ultimately snubbed by his first choice in Steve Kerr, with the TNT analyst deciding to take the coaching role with the Golden State Warriors to replace Mark Jackson.
That has left the Knicks to regroup and consider their other options, and it is widely reported that they are still targeting a rookie coach that they feel Jackson can guide through his first year in the league as a coach.
Three candidates have reportedly emerged, with Luke Walton and Tyronn Lue being touted as candidates after playing under Jackson while they also have the advantage of having already started their coaching careers.
However, it is understood that Oklahoma City Thunder veteran guard Derek Fisher is a favourite for the role provided that he decides to stop playing after this season.
Meanwhile, ESPN also suggest that Jackson is interested in speaking with the Denver Nuggets to see if they are interested in perhaps releasing Brian Shaw from his contract in exchange for some compensation.
Shaw is a long-time Jackson favourite who just completed his first year in the league as a head coach with the Nuggets and finished with a 36-46 record in the Western Conference.
However, it is unclear as to how realistic it is that Shaw would quit Denver after just one year, which will ultimately leave Jackson with plenty to think about as the coaching search goes on longer than he would arguably have expected.