There’s a large, loud segment of Knicks fans clamoring for Phil Jackson to choose Mark Jackson as the team’s next head coach.
There’s been no indication as of yet that the Zen Master is considering Mark Jackson as his head coach.
On Saturday, ESPN announced that Jackson, the ex-Warriors coach, had reached a multiyear agreement to return to ESPN as an NBA game analyst.
So where does that leave Jackson’s prospects with the Knicks?
ESPN analysts in the past have taken head-coaching jobs while in the midst of their terms working for the network.
So Jackson’s ESPN work is not believed to preclude him from taking a head-coaching job.
Jackson had not been contacted by the Knicks as of Saturday afternoon.
Jackson said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" last week that he believes "coaching is in my future."
"There are some great jobs available," said Jackson, who was fired by the Warriors earlier this month. "... I am excited about the next chapter in my life and what lies ahead. We'll see what happens."
There is no indication at this point that Phil Jackson will go outside of his “inner circle” to fill the Knicks’ coaching vacancy. Since he and Mark Jackson have no relationship, it’s logical to conclude that he is not a candidate for the job at this point.
But, we should point out, these coaching searches are fluid situations. Just ask Steve Kerr.
Nonetheless, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported last week that there have been no indications to this point that Jackson, after missing out on Kerr, will consider hiring an established coach.
Also, when thinking about Jackson and the idea that he would be warmly embraced by the Knicks’ fan base, it’s worth noting this: one source close with knowledge of Phil Jackson’s thinking told Stein and Shelburne last week that the Zen Master is not worried about selling New Yorkers on his eventual hire.
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