HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

June 10, 2014 Updates

Maybe that old cigar smoke Auerbach blew into Jackson's face ultimately inspired him to take on a massive rebuild; maybe not. Maybe Jackson figured he couldn't turn down $60 million of Jim Dolan's money, even if he had no experience as a team president and no idea if he could coexist with his owner half as easily as Rangers president and GM Glen Sather does with Dolan. "For Phil," said one NBA official who knows him well, "this could be the easiest and best-paying part-time job in the world." ESPN.com

“Derek can be a great coach because he’s always been a ‘glue guy,’ ”' Reggie Miller told me the other day. “He’s had that influence in every locker room he’s ever been in. He’s seen everything there is to see in basketball and he’s been a champion. And he’s been under Phil Jackson’s tutelage.” New York Daily News

June 9, 2014 Updates

All share longtime coaching or playing experience with Jackson, and Fisher plans to run Jackson's famed triangle offense with the Knicks. The Knicks' support system, centered on Jackson's mentorship role, is one of the most attractive features of the job to Fisher. Fisher played parts of 13 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships under Jackson. Yahoo! Sports

Erik Kuselias: So is it fair to say you’re a candidate for the Knicks coaching job? Rick Fox: “Yeah… I’ve been a candidate for while and what I’m comfortable communicating is that there’s really nothing for me to do. Phil has expressed his interest, and the patience for him discovering who is right for that job is left in his court. I know that Phil is as competent a coach as there ever was so that if you’re a Knicks fan, to know that he’s going to find the right person to work with in that capacity has to be comforting to those people and you just let it play out.” NBCSports.com

Rick Fox: “Phil Jackson obviously is with the Knicks now and I’ve been speaking with him for about 4 months about that very situation. I love supporting him and his vision for what’s going to go down in New York and we’ve had those discussions and so he knows I’m open to working with him and doing something as exciting as resurrecting the chances of the Knicks returning to glory." NBCSports.com

June 7, 2014 Updates

Walking back to his Manhattan hotel on Saturday after an event in the city organized by the networking company Thuzio, which he said also involved J.R. Smith, Cartwright told the Daily News he’s been in recent contact with Jackson and is in the running to land on the Golden State Warriors bench. But he was tight lipped about everything else. New York Daily News

“Just email, but nothing (more),” Cartwright told the News of his interaction with Jackson. “We’re waiting for them to make a decision, obviously about the head coach and there’s nothing going on.” New York Daily News

Luke Walton says that he spoke with Phil Jackson about accepting a coaching position with the Knicks while Jackson was courting current Golden State coach Steve Kerr. But Walton hasn't talked to Jackson since Kerr turned down the Knicks and accepted a head coaching position with the Warriors. Jackson has, however, told Walton, an ex-Laker, that he'd make a "great coach someday." "I've talked to Phil a bunch; thought about different things and I've talked to him in the past about coaching," Walton said Friday during an interview on ESPN Radio's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd." "He's told me he thinks that I'll be a great coach someday." ESPN.com

Scott Howard-Cooper: A lot obviously depends on the eventual hire as head coach. But Stackhouse said he could see joining the Knicks staff for next season. Twitter @SHowardCooper

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

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