If you’re the New York Knicks, here are your immediate options for head coach:
Steve Kerr, who is a fine choice, is your leading candidate. The other candidates include Phil Jackson disciples such as Bill Cartwright, Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons.
So, if for some reason things don’t work out with Kerr, the Knicks wouldn’t be left with what you’d call a Murderers' Row of coaching candidates.
Jackson hasn’t shown any inclination to coach. The possibility of him taking over seems remote at this point.
With that in mind, do you think Jackson should consider broadening his coaching search a bit instead of fixating on Kerr?
Here’s a hypothetical for you: Let’s say the Indiana Pacers flame out in the first round and Frank Vogel somehow gets fired. Or what if the Golden State Warriors loses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Mark Jackson is let go. How about the same thing happening to Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City?
There’s no way to predict the future. Who knows if any of this will come to fruition.
But if you think about it, there’s no reason for the Knicks to be in a rush to hire a coach right now. The draft is still more than two months away. Free agency doesn’t start until July 1. So Jackson can take his time if he’d like. Furthermore, should Jackson at least reach out to college coaches such as Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg or UConn’s Kevin Ollie?
Don’t get us wrong. Kerr would be a fine choice.
We agree with the points that ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle made here. Kerr, Doolittle writes, "doesn't have the baggage of a past failure. He's also been exposed to some of the NBA's greatest minds" (in Jackson and Gregg Popovich).
In addition, he is a skilled communicator (as evidenced by his broadcast duties) and a “progressive thinker.” Sounds like a great combination for a first-year head coach.
Still, it’s worth asking: Should Phil wait to see if other candidates become available?
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