Knicks Notes: M. Jackson, Paul, Aller, Robinson

Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson admits he dreams of getting another NBA coaching opportunity, but added that he won’t be upset if it doesn’t happen, writes Ian Begley of During an appearance this week on ESPN’s First Take, Jackson talked about his experiences in Golden State and shared his opinions on other head coaches, including Steve Kerr and Tom Thibodeau.

[RELATED: Mark Jackson Says He Wants To Coach Again]

Jackson, who grew up in New York City and played for the Knicks, was a candidate to take over the team before David Fizdale was hired two years ago. Begley isn’t certain how strongly he would be considered if the Knicks decide to replace interim coach Mike Miller, but adds that Jackson still has supporters in the organization. Jackson is reportedly being considered by the Nets as well and has a strong relationship with Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant‘s business partner and manager.

Begley also notes that Jackson wanted to hire his current broadcast partner, Jeff Van Gundy, who is also under consideration to become the Knicks coach, as his top assistant with the Warriors.

There’s more from New York:

  • The financial fallout from the NBA’s hiatus may make it easier for the Knicks to trade for a star such as Thunder guard Chris Paul, suggests Marc Berman of The New York Post. Paul was the favorite client of new president of basketball operations Leon Rose when he was an agent, Berman points out, and his huge contract might make him available. Paul remains an elite point guard at age 35, but is owed $41.4MM next season and $44.2MM in 2020/21. With the salary cap expected to fall, the luxury tax will be a greater concern than ever and sources tell Berman that some teams will be eager to move their larger contracts.
  • Newly-hired VP of strategy Brock Aller spent more than a month consulting with associates before deciding to leave the Cavaliers for the Knicks, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland general manager Koby Altman wanted Aller to stay with the organization where he spent the past 15 years, but Aller decided the chance to be part of a historic turnaround in New York was too good to pass up.
  • Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic takes an in-depth look at center Mitchell Robinson to determine how much he can improve after two years in the league.
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9 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: M. Jackson, Paul, Aller, Robinson

    • Al Hirschen

      There is heat on Jackson over is Anti-gay community viewpoint. And his conversion theories and his religious viewpoints

      • ThePeople'sElbow

        as long as he doesn’t use his platform to evangelize those ridiculous points of view, then his business is his business.

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Please Mark Jackson come to Philly if not whoever grabs him will be getting a solid coach.
    And if JVG follows him and joins as head assistant then that team will be getting a solid coaching team.

    Jackson placed the foundations for the GSW dynasty to being with. Turning them from a bad team into a playoff team which went on to be what they are now. JVG is a solid and very experienced defensive minded coach.

  2. bobg529

    If the stupid Knicks spend $41 million on washed up freaking Chris Paul they are freaking nuts. He is a worthless bum. Even more worthless than the two clowns the Nets signed LAST year. Please Leon Rose, you idiot, try and build a team through the draft. I know it’s pointless to ask anyone on this train wreck of a team to use their pea sized brain, that it’s an an futility, but hope springs eternal!

    • Eric Lord

      I wouldn’t say Paul is worthless. He’s had a really good year for the Thunder & has been a good mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander. I would agree that he isn’t a good fit for the Knicks. It doesn’t make sense for them to use their cap space on a player of his age and Paul makes more sense for a playoff team than a rebulding team.

    • @nbabrothers

      Agreed! Plus I think we should hire all three if possible in Thibedou, Van Gundy and Mark Jackson with one being the head coach and the other two as assistants.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Paul ain’t going nowhere. Unless it’s as assistant coach. Why would you pay 42 mill to mentor. You can sign Whiteside and Gallinari for that and Trier. Post is a rag. Never believe them. Mark did have issues with his religious ways. NY will not put up with that. I think he’s learned his lesson. He knows NY and is ready to coach again. He helped build Warriors. So he can handle young team. JVG can not. Why would you want this guy here a third time. Thibs too can’t handle young team. Jackson and Atkinson should be only two. We should be talking too. Keep Miller on bench. Would be nice to have coach before draft.

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