Steve Kerr hasn’t given his colleagues in broadcasting any strong signals that he’s itching to leave the broadcast table to take over the Knicks, writes Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Kerr has indicated that he’d like to be a head coach someday, though. Also from Berger’s article, Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons, two former Phil Jackson assistants, are expected to get serious consideration for the position. So would Brian Shaw, whom Jackson groomed to take over for him with the Lakers, if he weren’t finishing the first year of a three-year deal as the head coach of the Nuggets. The article also notes that If Jackson was so inclined to look to the college ranks, he might consider Virginia coach Tony Bennett, the son of former Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett.
More from the city that never sleeps:
- Carmelo Anthony is willing to make changes to his game if Jackson believes it will give the Knicks a better chance to win a championship, writes Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Anthony said, “I’m willing to do whatever. As long as it’s going to put me in a position to win, I’m willing to do whatever. I’m not sold or stuck on my play. What I’ve been able to do these past 10, 11 years has gotten me at where I am right now. If Phil wants to come in and change that this late in my career, if it’s going to help me win a championship, I’m with it.“
- Add Michael Jordan to the list of people who think that Jackson can succeed in New York, writes Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. Jordan said, “Phil can do some good things with them because he’s gifted. Phil is fantastic at managing egos and personalities, getting everyone on the same page and maxing out whatever potential is there for what should be the common and ultimate goal.“
- Anthony said that the hiring of Jackson will affect his upcoming free agency, writes Matt Moore of CBSSports.com. If Jackson comes in and says he has a plan to surround ‘Melo with a roster that can win a championship, and if the other things he says strike a chord, Anthony will re-sign with New York, opines Moore.
- It’s unknown if Jackson will bring the triangle offense with him to New York. Harvey Araton of The New York Times examines the pros and cons of the system, and how the current Knicks roster might perform in that offense.