HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

April 3, 2014 Updates

Derek Fisher on Wednesday denied rumors that he’s been targeted as a potential replacement for New York coach Mike Woodson. “I congratulated (Knicks president Phil Jackson) and we’ve spoken,” Fisher said. “But he hasn’t said anything to me about it, and I haven’t said anything to him about it. And so the reports that I have been reported to about, I’ve found them pretty funny myself because it’s not something that’s happened directly between the people that are being mentioned.” Oklahoman

“That is not in my radar or in my scope or anything that I’ve thought about, even coaching in general,” Fisher said. “I think I’ve been pretty consistent with not really having that decided in terms of what’s next, absolutely. I’m so committed to being a player that it’s even hard to see myself doing some other things in particular, coaching or something that puts me on the other side of the sideline so quickly. I have a lot of respect for the profession. I think there are a lot of great coaches and great men out there, and great women, that do a phenomenal job. But for me it’s just, I picked that number on my jersey for a reason. And until that’s concluded, I haven’t spent a lot of time in terms of what my definite pursuit’s going to be after that.” Oklahoman

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March 31, 2014 Updates

So what’s the chances of another ex-Knick named Jackson making the move back to New York City? Barring a late-season collapse, Warriors coach Mark Jackson will guide Golden State to its second straight playoff berth. But if the team doesn’t advance at least to the second round, there’s a distinct chance he could be a coaching free agent and available if new president Phil Jackson wants him. New York Post

There had been rumblings he is interested in the Knicks job again, but that was before Phil Jackson took over. Mark Jackson finished runner-up to Mike D’Antoni for the Knicks job in 2008, with Donnie Walsh feeling he needed someone with head-coaching experience as they went about blowing up the team. Mark Jackson said he doesn’t know Phil Jackson personally, except facing him as the Pacers’ point guard, but said he expects him to succeed, calling him one of the “greatest coaches in the history of sports.” New York Post

March 28, 2014 Updates

Questions remain about how he'll make the transition from coach to executive, and how — with fiancée and Lakers governor Jeanie Buss still living in Los Angeles and his children and grandchildren also out West — he'll juggle the priority list when it comes to living this bi-coastal life. But Brown, like most folks who actually know the living legend of a man, is confident that Jackson will succeed here just as he has almost everywhere else in his storied career. "I think (he'll succeed), especially if he's hands on," Brown said. "And especially if he has an open-door policy, in a sense, where you can come talk to him about pretty much anything you want to. Obviously (talk) basketball but (also) if there are personal matters you want to (work) through. I think he can (do it)." USA Today Sports

March 27, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony said the conversation was "generic," but it was the first time he got to speak to Phil Jackson alone since Jackson became the Knicks' president. The Knicks had just arrived at the Staples Center on Tuesday for the morning shootaround, and Anthony and Jackson were together in the visitor's locker room while the rest of the team was on the court. "He told me to get ready, go out there and play, try to finish the season off strong, that's it," Anthony said. "We didn't really talk about too much. Talked about him being in New York, him coming back out to L.A., the weather. Just generic. We really didn't talk about nothing." Newsday

Doing those things, however, were not Jerry Buss’ wishes. So Jeanie’s wishes, whatever they might’ve been, never mattered in one sense. It is just now getting interesting now that her wishes might really become her commands, as she begins an honest evaluation of the basketball operations department’s future years. Bleacher Report

For a marriage between Jackson and Dolan to work, Azoff knew it could never feel as if either of them was asking for anything. They each had to realize on their own it was in both of their best interests. "Deals are deals, but they don't work unless relationships do," Azoff said. "The reason it took so long is I think all the parties wanted to make sure that there was a real relationship and bond before they entered into the marriage." ESPN.com

And so over the course of the next few months there were at least three face-to-face meetings involving Jackson, Dolan, Knicks general manager Steve Mills, Azoff, Jackson's agents, Todd and Brian Musburger, and several other key figures on both sides. They talked philosophies and beliefs. They talked contracts and decision-making processes. Who would have the final say over basketball decisions? Who would deal with agents and general managers? How would they recruit free agents? How would they scout? It was like signing a prenup. But the process was absolutely necessary. And when Jackson finally signed on, both sides felt like they won. "I always find that in every deal," Azoff said. "Both parties have to win." ESPN.com

March 26, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson was in the stands sitting with other Knicks executives as Mike Woodson put his team through shootaround Tuesday morning. Jackson didn't address the team or "say much," according to Woodson, whose future as the Knicks' coach is in doubt, especially with a new president on board. "Until I'm able to sit down with Phil and see the direction he wants to go, all I can do is continue to coach and continue to do the best job I can," Woodson said. Newsday

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