Clarence Gaines Rumors
Jackson signed forward Lamar Odom, who played for him on the Lakers, on the final day of the regular season, and veteran NBA scout Clarence Gaines Jr., who worked for Chicago during Jackson’s time as Bulls coach, is expected to join Jackson’s staff.
As Jackson still feels out the Knicks’ landscape, he brought in a former Bulls ally in Clarence Gaines Jr. last week to be his “eyes and ears,’’ according to an NBA source. Gaines Jr., whose father was Clarence “Big House’’ Gaines, the legendary Winston-Salem State basketball coach, does not yet have an official capacity and is just helping Jackson out for now, the source said. He could be named to the front office, but not to supplant Knicks general manager Steve Mills. Gaines could help with the expected Knicks coaching search.
Gaines was Jerry Krause’s right-hand man as a Bulls scout when Jackson coached there. Gaines has been hanging around the team for several days and with the front-office staff, including Mark Warkentien, Mark Hughes and Allan Houston. “Phil’s not comfortable with a lot of people but he’s very comfortable with him,’’ the source said of Gaines. “There’s some good people in the front office and I don’t think he’s intending to clean house.’’’