Phil Jackson Rumors
Two and half weeks after Phil Jackson began his narrow coaching search, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt “still is in the mix” for the Knicks head job, according to an NBA source.
Jackson is currently looking to find his next coach. Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt recently spoke with the Knicks, but many expect Kurt Rambis to simply have the interim tag removed, given his past with Jackson and affinity for the triangle offense. Anthony said he hasn’t spoken with Jackson since his exit interview two weeks ago but would like to assist in the decision-making process. And if Rambis – who went 9-19 after replacing Derek Fisher – winds up being the coach next season? “It’s kind of hard to talk about that, because there is nothing imminent with that situation. It’s a process that I think should be taken, and taken seriously,” Anthony said. “I would want to be involved. I hope I’m involved. Just to have my opinion heard. But I’ve already laid out how I feel and put everything out there on the table. Now, it’s just on them.”
Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson discussed the Knicks’ coaching search during their exit meetings last month and haven’t spoken about it since. The lack of communication is a bit odd because Anthony has said he wants to share his opinion with the front office during the search. “I’m pretty sure people would assume that [I’d be in contact with Jackson]. I would assume that too. But what can I do? Bang down the door? Knock down the door and point a finger at Phil and say why hell you ain’t … ,” Anthony told ESPN on Thursday during a promotional appearance in Manhattan.
Anthony said Thursday that he doesn’t know what Jackson will do. “I don’t know kind of what they’re thinking about going through the process,” he said. “I don’t know if he already made his decision. I don’t know. Nobody knows what he’s thinking. That’s the hard part.”
Ian Begley: Here’s Carmelo Anthony on why he still believes in Phil Jackson: “I don’t really know what’s happening as far as the coaching decisions and the players. At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can’t say that I don’t believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him. I’m here, I still want to be here. I still want to be successful so I don’t have no other choice but to believe in what’s his plan.”