Phil Jackson on vacation; Knicks coaching search on hold?

Phil Jackson is driving cross-country this week. Steven Freeman/NBAE/Getty Images

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has tweeted photos from Sioux City, Iowa, and Nebraska in the last two days.

You don't need me to tell you that Jackson is on vacation at the moment.

The interesting thing here is this: League sources say some people involved in the Knicks' coaching search have been informed that Jackson is away right now. The implication is that the search is on hold.

Of course, this could be Jackson's way of distancing himself from certain candidates. If not, it's an odd time to take a break from the search.

Here's what's known about the trip: The New York Post reported that Jackson is headed to his home in Montana to collect his thoughts. Reporter Chris Neyenhouse from Siouxland News spoke with Jackson's brother, Chuck, who said Phil was driving him to Chuck's home in Idaho.

So what does this mean for the coaching search?

It's possible that Jackson is conducting business from the road. He can communicate electronically with candidates and his colleagues in the Knicks' front office.

But the optics here are a bit strange.

Jackson is away in Montana while the other NBA teams with coaching vacancies -- the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets -- continue to reach out to potential candidates.

The Rockets expressed interest in Frank Vogel after the Indiana Pacers parted ways with him Thursday. It's unclear at this point if the Knicks have interest in Vogel.

Thus far, Jackson has spoken to David Blatt and Luke Walton about the Knicks' vacancy. Blatt, former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, remains on the Knicks' radar. Walton chose to leave his job as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, rather than join Jackson in New York.

Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis, Jackson's longtime colleague, remains a strong candidate for the opening as well.