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Luke Walton at top of shortlist for New York Knicks head coach role

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After taking the decision yesterday to fire Derek Fisher, the New York Knicks have a vacancy at the head coaching position.

Kurt Rambis, Fisher's assistant since July 2014, has been handed the role on an interim basis but it appears the Big Apple franchise have other targets in mind for a long-term appointment.

As reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, there are two names in particular that are at the top of the Knicks' shortlist.


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Like the departed Fisher, both Luke Walton and Brian Shaw have history with New York's team president, Phil Jackson. They both played under the Zen Master during his time in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Shaw also served as his assistant for six years in L.A. 

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Walton has boosted his credential for a permanent head coaching position in the NBA with his work at the Golden State Warriors this season. Deputising for Steve Kerr, the 35-year-old oversaw the Dubs' 39-4 start to the campaign.

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Shaw, on the other hand, has head coaching experience with the Denver Nuggets. In just under two seasons with the franchise, he compiled a 56-85 record.

Whilst both Walton and Shaw may be long-term targets, it looks like Rambis will get his opportunity to audition for the full-time role for the remainder of the season at least.

Speaking yesterday, he openly discussed the goal of achieving playoff basketball. Phil Jackson, meanwhile, insisted Rambis and his 18 years of coaching experience were his main focus right now.

The Knicks are currently in 12th place in the East, with a 23-31 record - 4.5 games behind the Detroit Pistons in eighth.

Knicks fans: Who do you want to see as your next permanent head coach? Have your say in the comments below...

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