Report: Phil Jackson meets with Mike Dunleavy

By James Herbert | NBA writer

After Steve Kerr chose the Warriors, Phil Jackson has a decision to make.
After Steve Kerr chose the Warriors, Phil Jackson has a decision to make (USATSI)

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson met with former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy over breakfast on Friday morning in Chicago, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman, who reported that they talked for two hours.

Dunleavy lives near Jackson in Los Angeles and they have lunch occasionally, according to the NBA source. But the NBA source confirmed the meeting was more than a friendly get-together.

Dunleavy's last stint in the league was as the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers from 2003 to 2010, when he was fired midseason. There is no word yet on whether he would run the triangle offense preferred by Jackson, but the Knicks have reportedly expanded their search after losing out on Steve Kerr. Their list of candidates apparently now includes Mark Jackson, but the favorite is reportedly Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher.

Back in 2012, Dunleavy interviewed with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak for the job that eventually went to Mike D'Antoni. Phil Jackson himself was also a leading candidate for Los Angeles at the time. On Dunleavy's radio show, he recently expressed interest in the Lakers' vacant head coaching position.

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