NBA Rumors: Fisher, Rambis Considered Coaching Candidates For Knicks Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="279"] Following the announcement of Steve Kerr passing on coaching the New York Knicks in favor of the Golden State Warriors, Phil Jackson [new_royalslider id="279"] Following the announcement of Steve Kerr passing on coaching the New York Knicks in favor of the Golden State Warriors, Phil Jackson Rating: 0
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NBA Rumors: Fisher, Rambis Considered Coaching Candidates For Knicks

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Following the announcement of Steve Kerr passing on coaching the New York Knicks in favor of the Golden State Warriors, Phil Jackson and company are now back to square one in their search for a new head coach in New York.

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With Kerr seemingly being the only serious candidate for the Knicks, it remains uncertain what direction the team will go in moving forward.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, two former Lakers may be considered:

Ever since Mike D’Antoni decided to resign as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Fisher has been rumored to be a potential coaching candidate for the storied franchise. Fisher is currently backing up Russell Westbrook for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but intends to retire after this season and may choose to give coaching a try with offers in New York and Los Angeles possibly sent his way.

As for Rambis, the longtime assistant for Jackson could choose to head to New York if given the call from his former mentor. Rambis was brought on to help the Lakers on the defensive end of this season, but didn’t make much of an impact with the team finishing with the worst record in franchise history at 27-55.

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Both former Lakers would be ideal candidates for Jackson in New York due to their relationship with the 11-time NBA champion. It still remains to be seen if Jackson will pursue implementing the triangle offense in New York, but if so, Fisher and Rambis would help that transition.

Another potential candidate could be Mark Jackson. The former Knick might have to buy into Phil’s philosophy in order to get the job in New York, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him receive a request for an interview.
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  • TheTruthKills

    No surprise. Phil is hell bent on running the triangle in New York.

  • Jim213

    Kerr’s choice (GSW) speaks volumes to NY’s issues. For those who believed things would turn around quickly with Phil think again. One thing is coaching and another is making the decisions. Doubt Melo would want to stay with the Knick’s given it seems they lack adequate future planning.

    • Chris Park

      Its just that Knicks are in a pickle. Although they want to rebuild they have large contracts still locked up till next season (Stoudimre, Bargnani, Chandler) not surprised Kerr would want to join with GSW (With the splash brothers)

      • Jim213

        Seems Mark Cuban wants Tyson Chandler back. They’ll have to give up picks and given that Phil likely intends to implement the triangle, Tyson would be needed. IMO, if Pau showed true interest to be reunited with Phil I’d try a 3 team trade tho involving a sign and trade for Pau.

        NY would get Pau, Mavs would get Chandler, and the Lakers would get a draft pick or two from the Mavs. This would help the Knicks cap wise too given Chandler’s $14 mil salary for next season as the Lakers can always use picks especially now.

        • Marty Susman

          I like that, anything the lakers can do to get “SOMETHING” for Pau is good. Draft picks are a good thing…As for NY, Phil will be fired before his contract is over & the Nicks will NOT be a powerhouse in the East…

        • hookedonnews

          The Lakers don’t want to build through draft picks. How about a sign & trade– Pau for Chandler? I could go for that, but Mitch probably wouldn’t want to pay that much for Chandler.

          • Jim213

            Wouldn’t pay Chandler 10+ mil but sign and trading Pau to the Knicks would be best especially since the lakers don’t have a first rounder next season thanks to Nash’s deal (no diss).

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t know what kind of draft picks the Knicks have. I’m thinking they may not have any good picks this year, but I could be wrong about that. Mitch has indicated he wants to sign Pau. At this point I have no clue what they’re going to do.

          • Jim213

            Knicks? a top draft pick (and a 2nd rndr?) would come from the Mavs. Although, it’s more so for acquiring picks for 2015. If Pau buys into Phil’s blue print then it’s possible this could take place b/c the Knick’s wouldn’t consider Pau unless someone can be traded out (salary cap issue).

          • hookedonnews

            Sorry. Wrote my comment too long after reading yours I guess. Well, it’s an interesting idea. If Pau is going to leave anyway that would be a way to get something in return.

  • ra

    I’m guessing Fish because he has more experience being ‘in’ the Triangle, and implementing Phil’s vision. Of course, Rambis has more experience ‘teaching’ the Triangle (to Minny), but hasn’t had much winning experience.

    Fish is great with players, and players (I’m sure) would like to play for him. I think he would have success like Jason Kidd has (yes, JK is having troubles in the playoffs now, but he ‘is’ giving Miami a run for the money).

    In either case, the Lakers will be out of the running for one or the other. I don’t think the Lakers would hire Rambis (he was already ass’t coach, and they may want a fresh approach?). They might have tried for Fish, but they are waiting things out.

    They are waiting until after the draft to even make noises. I’m not clear on how it will turn out.

  • Sylvia Ross

    Please, please, no KURT RAMBIS !!! assistant coach maybe but head coach no way.

    • cyborgspider

      Well if he goes to New York, your prayers will be answered. That’s what this article was pointing out.

  • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

    It’s Mark FUCKING Jackson! Get him!

    • Chrmngblly

      I say we shun the holy man. We don’t need a bunch of discord in Lakerland.

      • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

        Lol nah I meant for the Knicks. Ollie, Fisher, or Thibs for L.A.

        • Chrmngblly

          Well OK then…:-)

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    Im not feeling this players turn to coaches thing I want an NBA experience type a coach hopefully Scott or Sloan mostly Sloan not gona happen

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      You say you don’t want former players, then name two former players as potential coaches. If those guys can make the transition, why do you think Derek Fisher can’t? He clearly has the respect of superstar players–Kobe and KD–and he’s played under some all-time great coaches–Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan. He’s been part of great franchises–Lakers and Thunder. I don’t know how it would pan out, but he needs to get an interview at the very least.

      • Jay Autry Photography

        I completely agree. But I’m not so sure if Fish is really respected by all due to all those issues when ending the lockout. Noticed how he’s not president anymore. But aside of all that? For sure one of the best candidates. Then again he’s still playing, so all of this is crap.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          I think he was re-elected as president at some point after the lockout. He is no longer president now because his term ended. He’s still playing, but he is pretty set on retiring this summer.

  • hookedonnews

    Phil wants someone who will run the Triangle. Don’t see Mark Jackson as someone who would want to be supervised by Phil or run a system that he doesn’t believe in. I was under the impression that Derek Fisher hadn’t made a decision yet about retiring, but maybe I’m wrong about that. I understand Phil wanting Kerr in NY, but I don’t understand Golden State giving him a 5 year contract when he’s never coached a day in his life. That is mind-boggling to me. They have a good roster, so maybe he’ll learn on the job. But a 5 year contract? That’s nuts.

  • borsalino12

    I hope, Phil can hire both of them in New York, so we don’t need to speculate with their names any-longer.
    Rambis has proved that he can not be head-coach in NBA. Fisher… he is still playing and hitting big 3′s for OKC. Why do you need him to retire? He can stay there foe another 1-2 years, then return to the Lakers as an assistant.

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