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Report: Knicks won't rush coaching search, will wait for Fisher

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Fisher played for Phil Jackson for nine seasons.
Fisher played for Phil Jackson for nine seasons. (USATSI)

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The New York Knicks are in "no rush" with their coaching search, as president Phil Jackson is going to be "deliberate" after losing out on Steve Kerr, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne. When the Oklahoma City Thunder are eliminated from the playoffs, Jackson reportedly intends to "seriously discuss" the position with point guard Derek Fisher.

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks endorsed Fisher's candidacy, and a report last week indicated he was the "front-runner" for the job.

Brian Shaw would be No. 1 on Jackson's list if he wasn't coaching the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN, but the Knicks do not plan on contacting Denver about him. New York has traded away so many draft picks that it reportedly doesn't believe it has the assets necessary to compensate Denver for Shaw.

Every new story about the Knicks situation ends up mentioning the same names from Jackson's circle: Fisher, Shaw, Bill Cartwright, Luke Walton, Kurt Rambis and Tyronn Lue. It seems highly likely that one or two of Jackson's former players and assistants will at least end up on the staff. He has reportedly also interviewed Mike Dunleavy, and might be open to the idea of Mark Jackson coaching the team. Even if the team broadens its search, it seems unlikely anything will be resolved for a while.

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