HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

June 5, 2014 Updates

Fisher is expected to take the weekend to talk with his family and make a final decision about retiring from his 17-year NBA career in order to fully pursue coaching, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Fisher has been leaning strongly toward ending his playing career, and should that be his final decision, he's expected to move forward with more substantive talks with Jackson next week, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Jackson’s message is he will continue to reach the fan base through the media despite a fine that seemed petty. In his meeting with the team beat writers last Friday, Jackson at first was reluctant to talk about Fisher. “I’m not allowed to say boo, I think,’’ Jackson said. “I said B-O and I didn’t get the other ‘O’ out and the league already called me up.’’ When pressed, Jackson relented. “I have no idea if he wants to come here and move his family,’’ Jackson said. “These are things he has to express. There’s so many unknowns and I’m not talking to him. But he’s definitely a person on my list of guys who could be very good candidates for this job.’’ New York Post

June 4, 2014 Updates

Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach. The NBA source said Jackson, who has five kids, originally planned to make it a two-week Turkish holiday before he had accepted the Knicks presidency in mid-March. Jackson, however, didn’t want to miss the NBA Draft on June 26, though he never figured he would still be searching for a coach in early June. New York Post

According to an NBA source, Jackson is flying to Turkey in mid-June with his fiancée/Lakers president Jeanie Buss for nearly a week to attend his son Ben’s wedding. Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach. The NBA source said Jackson, who has five kids, originally planned to make it a two-week Turkish holiday before he had accepted the Knicks presidency in mid-March. Jackson, however, didn’t want to miss the NBA Draft on June 26, though never figured he would still be searching for a coach in early June. New York Post

According to a person in his inner circle, Mark Jackson may be reluctant to coach the Knicks with too heavy an influence from the president’s office, making it a bad match. The Zen Master has been interested in interviewing the ex-Knick and former St. John’s star, who is working the NBA Finals for ABC. New York Post

According to an NBA source, Jackson is flying to Turkey in mid-June with his fiancée/Lakers president Jeanie Buss for nearly a week to attend his son Ben’s wedding. Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach. New York Post

June 3, 2014 Updates

Fisher and Dolan, the Chairman of Madison Square Garden, have a history dating back to the NBA lockout in 2013 when they sat on opposite sides of the labor negotiations. There were reports that Dolan and late Lakers owner Jerry Buss were visibly annoyed by the hard-line demands of certain owners, including Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert and Phoenix’s Robert Sarver. Fisher found an ally in Dolan, and according to a source, Fisher believes he can be successful working at the Garden with Jackson and under Dolan. New York Daily News

Jackson also sees Anthony's value off the court. The Knicks president believes that Anthony, a free agent-to-be, can help the Knicks immensely in attracting other free agents to New York. Said Jackson: "I think it really helps. I haven’t been a major recruiter as a basketball coach. I’ve had players who could recruit by their talent; that’s my great fortune. We didn’t have to send out Michael Jordan to go out and recruit people. People wanted to play with him. Or Scottie Pippen. We didn’t have to do that with Shaq [O'Neal] and Kobe [Bryant] in those situations, and they’re willing to do it. As a result, we ended up with [Karl] Malone and Gary Payton on a basketball team at one time. "So I’ve been in situations like that. But one of the reasons I never went to college [is] because I never wanted to get into that world of promises and dreams. I want to be in reality most of the time, and I think that really helps. The reality of knowing a player is going to come in and he sees what’s done and sees how players get to play, sees the kind of effort that players put out on the floor is something that goes around this league pretty quickly and guys want to be a part of it." ESPN.com

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