HoopsHype Phil Jackson rumors

April 5, 2014 Updates

The consistent word in league circles is that Jackson is looking to make at least one significant addition to the front office to assist him and Steve Mills, who has been retained as Knicks GM (for now) to work under the new president of New York. Said one source close to the situation: "Phil knows he needs a good, young executive in there who can make deals and really knows the [salary cap]." ESPN.com

The most qualified executive from Jackson's very small circle of NBA pals is former Phoenix Suns personnel boss Steve Kerr, but Kerr has made it clear he wants to coach in the NBA, as opposed to GM-ing, if he decides to leave television. That's one of the reasons NBA coaching sources have maintained for weeks that the Knicks coaching job is essentially Kerr's to accept or reject, should Jackson oust Mike Woodson at season's end, as widely expected. ESPN.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

Jackson said he has had discussions with Anthony over the past two weeks and noticed Anthony feeling the bulk of the burden of the team's topsy-turvy season. "We've had a couple occasions to talk," Jackson said at the team's practice facility. "We haven't really delved into the future as much as what's gone on, getting to know each other type of thing. Trying to see how he's feeling about playing. "He's had to carry a big load. It's been a tough year for him. But it's been a tough year for everyone. It's not just isolated with him. But I think he feels the weight of it a lot more on himself." ESPN.com

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

April 2, 2014 Updates
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

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