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Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 3/16/16

Sources close to Knicks team president Phil Jackson recently floated the notion to Ramona Shelburne of that the Zen Master would consider coaching home games and have interim coach Kurt Rambis lead the team when on the road next season. Jackson has often cited his health as he’s maintained in recent years that coaching is out of the question, but people around the 70-year-old say he appears to have more energy than usual, and he’s reportedly lost 20 of the 30 pounds he gained since taking the Knicks job, according to Shelburne.

It’s unclear what the chances of this kind of arrangement coming to pass are, but it would certainly make for an intriguing compromise if Jackson meets resistance to the idea of hiring Rambis full-time, according to Shelburne’s report. Jackson hasn’t officially committed to keeping Rambis beyond the season, but he has hinted that he’d like to see him earn the removal of his interim tag, which jibes with an earlier report that Jackson was pulling for Rambis to win the permanent job when he named him interim boss. The executive has yet to give any indication he is considering other candidates besides Rambis and many league executives believe he is the Zen Master’s one and only choice for the slot.

Knicks star small forward Carmelo Anthony wasn’t enthusiastic about the notion of Jackson coaching part time and didn’t think it was a realistic option given the executive’s age and health concerns. “Nah, nah, nah. I don’t think that should be accepted,” Anthony said. “I wouldn’t accept that if that was the case. Phil is cool man. He doesn’t need to be on the sidelines no more. He put so many years into this game. He’s cool. He doesn’t need to be on the sideline. I don’t think he’s thinking about coming back down on the sideline. I hope not. Let him ride on out. Let him sit out and be the president.

This brings me to the topic for today: Would the Knicks benefit from Phil Jackson returning to coaching on a part-time basis?

Jackson’s coaching resume certainly speaks for itself, but he hasn’t patrolled an NBA sideline since the 2010/11 campaign. The game has certainly changed over the past few years and the jury is still out on whether or not the triangle offense, a staple of Jackson’s, is still a viable system in the league. There is also the matter of how players would respond to two coaches leading them and doling out minutes. It could cause a schism within the locker room, especially if Jackson and Rambis differed on the rotation and substitution patterns. It could also place Rambis in an extremely difficult position if players saw him as just a placeholder while on the road and his authority suffered as a result.

But what say you? Is having Jackson as a part-time coach a better alternative to retaining Rambis or hiring a new coach altogether? Take to the comments section to share your thoughts and opinions on the matter. We look forward to what you have to say.

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7 thoughts on “Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 3/16/16

  1. bobhutt99

    Carmelo that ball stopper now doesn’t want Phil Jackson coaching. Why not let Carmelo be the coach as the Knicks only have one play anyway. Take 5 seconds to bring the ball over half court, pass to Carmelo, then shake and bake and hoist it up! Yup Carmelo knows all about coaching. It can’t be that he’s a ball stopper Coach Killer!

    • Carmelo the ball stopper who is averaging the highest assist rate of his career? Coach killer? Please. George Karl has problems with everyone. And have any of the last 12 Knicks coaches over the last 5 years gone on to be a successful coach elsewhere?

  2. Chris Crouse

    I can’t see any part-time coaching work, but it would be entertaining to watch the situation unfold.

  3. In the early 1960’s, the Chicago Cubs tried something called the “College of Coaches” where various people would serve as “head coaches” for various lengths of the season. Needless to say, the Cubs did horribly during that time period. This is a long winded way of saying that if the Knicks have different coaches for home and away games, they’ll be even worse than they are now.

    • Chris Crouse

      I agree, the lack of consistency would be detrimental. Who should be the coach though?

      • Red Holzman. In all seriousness, I like the idea of a dark horse like Nate McMillan getting the job. I don’t think that any of the big name candidates would go to the Knicks because they wouldn’t want to be controlled by Jackson and/or James Dolan.

      • The bigger problem is that Jackson wants to run the triangle despite not being the coach. That means he needs to find a “yes-man” type of coach who is also willing to run the triangle. Unless Jackson moves into the coaching spot full time, agrees to let the coach run his own system or just flat out leaves then the Knicks are going to continue having coaching problems.

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