Phil Jackson offers emphatic response to negative Knicks head coach rumours

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With the New York Knicks watching the 2016 NBA playoffs from their collective sofas, talk around the Big Apple franchise has turned to who will be their head coach for the 2016-17 season.

The most recent report, from the New York Post this weekend, suggested Knicks president Phil Jackson had been in contact with Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton about the position - only for Walton to put the talks on hold as the Dubs go in search of a second straight NBA title.

This was followed up by the New York Daily News' Frank Isola claiming Walton had flat out rejected the job. Although not referring to the rumours directly, Jackson has now taken to social media to set the record straight:

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Jackson has been fairly open recently when discussing the process that he will undertake to find a full-time head coach for the Knicks, but he has clearly been left unimpressed with the speculation that has already emerged.

Despite a 32-50 record that saw them finish in 13th place in the Eastern Conference this season, the Knicks will still be hoping to attract a high calibre candidate during the offseason.

Walton, having stepped up in the absence of Steve Kerr at the beginning of the campaign to lead the Warriors to a 39-4 start, would undoubtedly fit that bill despite his lack of full-time head coaching experience.

As such, it wouldn't be a surprise to learn that Jackson had got in touch with the man he coached at the Los Angeles Lakers, if only to test the waters. In the Zen Master's own words, however, it doesn't appear there was a concrete job offer put on the table.

Whether Walton would be willing to give up the relative security of a staff role at the history-making Warriors to take over the reigns at a team in the midst of a transitional period will, perhaps, be the biggest hurdle Jackson and the Knicks face if they do firm up their reported interest in the Dubs coach.

The other name in contention appears to be Kurt Rambis, the Knicks' current interim head coach.

Previously assistant head coach at the franchise, Rambis replaced Derek Fisher in the top job back in February before leading the Knicks to a 9-19 record under his guidance.

With Phil Jackson having spoken about confining his coaching search to 'people he knows', Rambis and Walton certainly seem to be the front-runners at this stage.

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