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After Stan Van Gundy told the Golden State Warriors, because he wanted total control over personnel, the Golden State Warriors moved on and hired first time NBA coach Steve Kerr out of the broadcast booth, in the hopes that getting a TNT analyst will work out better than getting an ESPN analyst to be a first time head coach. 

The Knicks and new front office head man Phil Jackson had been courting Kerr, both publicly and privately for nearly a month, and now the search starts over.

Clearly New York has to feel slighted by a man who never had a head coaching job at any level turning down an offer from one of the spotlight franchises in the league, but it comes down to the roster. 

The Knicks were just 37-45 this season and missed the playoffs. 

Now with all of the uncertainty surrounding Carmelo Anthony, who had one of the best individual seasons of his career this season, there are remaining serious question makes about the coaching situation. 

The Knicks have a bad roster with an inflated payroll for next year, and will likely have very little flexibility to make major changes for next season, which isn't a good situation, because a glut of quality free agents will be on the market this summer.

Phil Jackson targeted Kerr because he's a disciple of his, having played for three of Jackson's Chicago championship teams, so expect Jackson to continue his search with names familiar to him at the top of his list. 

Brian Shaw is the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, and was not only a Jackson assistant in Los Angeles for two championship teams, but was also a player during the Lakers three-peat in the early 2000's. Shaw was considered a front runner for the Lakers job that eventually went to Mike Brown in 2011.

Although Shaw has said he's content in Denver, he might not have had a real opportunity to consider working with Phil again until now, and the Knicks can give him a significant raise over his reported $2 million per year salary.

Derek Fisher, who is still active, with the Oklahoma City Thunder is a potential candidate, in a Jason Kidd-straight to coaching way.

Fisher has administrative experience, as the president of the National Basketball Players Association, and is well respected enough by players to assume a top role immediately after hanging up his sneakers.

Whoever the next Knicks coach is, he'll live with knowing he wasn't the first choice, and be dealing with the pressure of getting things turned around in the Garden. 

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