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Report: Mark Jackson added to New York Knicks coaching search

May 16, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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Mark Jackson and Phil Jackson working together?

More than that, can you see Mark Jackson subjugating his on-the-court philosophies and bending them toward the triangle offense, and doing so without being strong headed and disruptive? Can you see the “Zen Master” mentoring the strong-willed fundamentalist Christian preacher?

As a blogger this would be good for me. If I were a Knicks fan I’d be pointing out oil and water don’t mix.

However, in the wake of Steve Kerr spurning the Knicks for Golden State, the Knicks are at least considering bringing in the legendary former Knicks player and the guy Golden State just dumped. That according to the New York Post.

According to the source, that means Mark Jackson is on Jackson’s tentative list that once included just one name. But now Steve Kerr is headed to Golden State and Jackson is headed on a more expansive search.

The Knicks believe Jackson’s “credibility’’ around the league will enable him to have the “flexibility” to hire an experienced coach willing to adapt to the principles of his triangle offense — or at least a facsimile.

According to a source, Jackson was to meet with Knicks general manager Steve Mills on Thursday night at Chicago’s pre-draft combine to go over some candidates.

Mark Jackson is one of the best known Knicks players of the last few decades and bringing him home — “keeping it in the family” — has some appeal. Since Kerr left Phil Jackson at the altar he could use a little splash with the hiring of a coach, and Jackson would be that.

Plus make no mistake, Mark Jackson has shown he can coach at the NBA level and deserves another chance somewhere.

But I just don’t see the fit here. It’s not a knock on either guy, it’s just an issue of fit. Phil Jackson preaches a selfless kind of ball, Mark Jackson’s Warriors were big on isolations or sets where he trusted his best player to create. This is a complete clash of styles and personalities — if you thought management clashed with Jackson in Golden State, wait until you see this in action with the added pressure that New York brings. (Then again, if you anger the owner of the Knicks and help drive him away from being around the business….)

I’m not sure Jackson is going to hire a “sexy” name to be the Knicks coach — and he doesn’t have to. He just needs someone who can lead, who he can help mold, who shares his philosophies on building a culture in the organization.

I just am not sure Mark Jackson and Phil Jackson mesh on those philosophies. To put it kindly.

  1. bucrightoff - May 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Jackson’s issue in Golden State was clashing with management/ownership….have fun with James Dolan.

  2. chris3141084 - May 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I’m not sure if Phil has any scores to settle with the GSW but this would be awesome.

  3. hwatt - May 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    dammit can someone tell me why patrick ewing isn’t getting a shot wtf

    • duhwighthoward - May 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Phil Jackson doesn’t want to set him up to lose. Maybe in a couple years when the roster has been upgraded, Phil will give him the job.

    • dexterismyhero - May 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Maybe because he cannot coach?

  4. kb2408 - May 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    He is the obvious choice.

  5. tombstone7 - May 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM


    • azarkhan - May 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Jackson never coached before he got the Golden State job.

      • unxpexted1 - May 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Jackson also didnt go to a contender. That warriors team won 20 somthing games when he got hired. Having no experience and going to a contender is a whole other thing.

  6. doncorleone17 - May 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    He should become the Knicks head coach such a great guy/coach the players will love him

  7. Dogsweat - May 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Knicks or Nets, San Francisco was were MJ wiped his feet, he took a below average tea and made them contenders, the Knicks will have more talent for MJ to work with, look for the Knicks in the NBA Finals in the future, look for San Francisco to be bottom feeders of the retro Joe Barley Cares days.

    San Francisco the biggest flash in the pan. MJ made that team successful.

    • jimeejohnson - May 16, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      They don’t call you New Yawkers arrogant for nothing. The Knicks suck worse than New Yawk!

      • Dogsweat - May 16, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        They won’t with MJ as coach. Go hide in your cave until Mommy comes home.

  8. sportsfan18 - May 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Long time Bulls fan here, since the mid 70’s (or LONG before MJ and Phil Jackson were there).

    Am rooting for Phil but this is tough and he’s barely been in NYC yet…

    First, signing Lamar Odom was a joke.

    Second, NOT being able to reel in the coach he wanted isn’t good.

    Third, NOT having a legitimate plan in place in case Kerr did NOT accept the coaching position wasn’t good.

    Fourth, even considering Mark Jackson is terrible.

    Keep Melo would really make even worse too (in the long run that is as Melo makes them better next season but nowhere near good enough to win it all. Keeping Melo for 4 or 5 yrs at max money would prevent them from winning in the years after this coming year).

    Tear the team down and build it up the right way… yes, it WILL take a long time as they don’t have picks and they don’t have anyone on their roster that others really want that they may trade.

    Hire a coach that can teach, instruct and communicate WELL.

    Phil, you bit off a lot and and it’s due to Dolan and he is still there…

  9. andersonde7 - May 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Mark Jackson does NOT have a “my way or the highway” attitude toward management. Those reports are lies spread by the Warrior owner who does have that attitude, and just proved it. Phil Jackson will see for himself when he interviews Mark Jackson. You don’t hire a professional and treat him like a flunky. Phil Jackson knows that and their relationship will be mutually respectful. It may not be a good fit in New York, but if not, it won’t be because of personality flaws.

  10. Dogsweat - May 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Jackson and Jackson= Knicks in the finals.

    • mytthor - May 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Seriously what are you basing this on? Phil has never had a front office job before, and Mark Jackson as a coach has never been out of the 1st round, the roster missed the playoffs in the East and doesn’t have any obvious way to get better quickly.

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