The New York Knicks were dealt a major disappointment in their search for a new head coach when prime target, Steve Kerr signed with the Golden State Warriors yesterday instead. However, the Knicks have a prime replacement ready in waiting in team president Phil Jackson.
Jackson, a legendary coach himself with 11 NBA championships from his days at the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers. However, the 68-year-old has said that he does not want to return to the bench after a break of four years.
However, Jackson has been drafted in by owner James Dolan to get the Knicks out of their current issues and Jackson as head coach would certainly do that.
There are precious few head coaches in the NBA who can warrant the sort of respect that Jackson can and with the pull of New York, it is possible that the Knicks could attract a decent free agency class in 2014.
The Knicks could certainly do with that. Aside from Carmelo Anthony, the team are certainly lacking in star talent and they don't even have a first round draft pick this summer.
In reality, Jackson is no more likely to coach the Knicks next season than you or I but that doesn't mean that he's not the best man for the job.
Jackson wants to run the triangle offense. There is nobody better on this planet to do that than him. Jackson wants to win titles with the New York Knicks and unfortunately Mark Jackson, Derek Fisher nor any of the other so-called contenders are not up to that job.
Whomever the Knicks eventually decided to appoint this summer, he will have a 6'8" shadow looming over him as only the second best coach in the organization.