In Phil Jackson’s first attempt in persuading someone to join the New York Knicks, he failed.
Steve Kerr elected to take the Golden State Warriors job over the Knicks one, and who can blame him?
However, with that behind them, it’s time for Jackson to move quickly. He needs to get his man, whoever that happens to be. And while he would like to target next one of the disciples in his inner circle, he may have to resort to the “best available” concept, instead.
If he does, that happens to be Mark Jackson. It also appears to be Carmelo Anthony’s rumored preferred option.
If Phil Jackson decides to go outside of his inner circle, he should consider the likes of Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. Jackson, a former Knicks player, was just let go by the Warriors due to reported clashes with ownership. But the former St. John’s standout proved that he can coach, leading Golden State to 51 wins in 2013-14.
Not that this should play a major role in Phil Jackson’s final decision, but Mark Jackson would undoubtedly be welcomed by the Knicks’ fan base.
A source with knowledge of the situation said last month that Carmelo Anthony would embrace the opportunity to play for Mark Jackson. Anthony plans to test free agency in July. Bringing in a coach that he’d like to play for would certainly boost the Knicks’ chances of keeping him.
While the logical move would be to bring in someone that appeases Carmelo, I’m not sure if Jackson is ready to surrender that type of power right off the bat. Unless, of course, Jackson really wants Mark to be the next coach of the Knicks without it looking like a total “default” move.
Phil struck out in his first at-bat, maybe it’s Melo’s turn to take a swing.