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Report: Knicks exploring hiring Scottie Pippen

May 16, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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Did you play for, coach with or scout for Phil Jackson with the Lakers or Bulls?

If yes, do you want a job with the Knicks?

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Knicks GM Steve Mills huddled with Scottie Pippen for about 15 minutes Thursday at the draft combine to gauge the legendary Bull’s interest in potentially working for the organization in some capacity, possibly as an assistant coach, according to an NBA source.

Is this really what James Dolan is paying Jackson $60 million to do, hire his friends?

A coaching search that started and ended with Steve Kerr was way too narrow, but even with Kerr spurning New York for Golden State, the Knicks are still focused only on former Jackson players.

It really looks like Jackson is looking for a lackey (which makes you wonder what the Warriors saw in Kerr). Jackson is relinquishing so little power to his next head coach, he’s already plotting assistant-coaching hires himself.

I suppose it’s possible all the best potential Knicks employees – including Pippen, who currently serves as an advisor to the Bulls – previously worked with or for Jackson. But maybe if Jackson shopped from a bigger pool of candidates, he’d give himself a better chance of making the best hires.

  1. ravenswhat - May 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Phil is laughing all the way to the bank on this one. Well played Phil, very well played indeed.

  2. hwatt - May 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    loyalty makes for a ‘safe’ working environment for everyone, I guess.

    But sometimes you need gold, old fashioned competency and be a man about handling any conflicts.

  3. davidly - May 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Yeah. Because clearly PJ is only considering people sportswriters PBT links to claim sources say he is — and nobody else.

  4. blueintown - May 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Is that the best stock photo you have of Scottie Pippen?

    • Dan Feldman - May 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Only? No.
      Best? Yes.

      • blueintown - May 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Good enough for me.

  5. beach305 - May 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I see another medical/ retirement for Phil in the future.

  6. dexterismyhero - May 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    The dude in the big blue fuzzy face would be better than Pippen.

  7. cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    If he hires Rodman, I’d be concerned. Until then trust in the Zen Master.

  8. antistratfordian - May 16, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Scottie Pippen is a smart cat. He publicly said that he thought LeBron James was the greatest player of all time – so he definitely knows his stuff. I’d hire him in a heartbeat.

    • cantonbound13 - May 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      If you have any knowledge of the game, that was a shot at MJ. You know MJ? The greatest NBA player ever. They never got along after their playing days & MJ has taken shots at him agreeing with a comment that Scottie would not have a ring without him. Learn the history of the game, bandwagon fan!

      • antistratfordian - May 16, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Haha. You sound mad. Deal with it, cb13.

  9. canadatude - May 16, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Can Rodman wear his wedding dress to the games?

  10. drewzducks - May 16, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Scottie sure hangs with an interesting posse these days.

  11. musician0785 - May 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    who are the morons who are liking these idiotic comments?

  12. jimeejohnson - May 16, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    CantonPeaBrain and a lot of other pitiful losers.

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