NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Derek Fisher is Phil Jackson’s Plan B, right?
Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is actually ahead of Fisher on Jackson’s backup list to fill the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy, according to the New York Post. His top overall choice was Steve Kerr, who signed with the Golden State Warriors last week.
But there’s a problem. Shaw, under contract in Denver, has repeatedly stated he’s not planning to go anywhere.
“I said it when all the speculation first started coming out. And that’s all that it is, is speculation. I’m happy where I am. I’m looking forward to coaching a healthy, full complement of players with the Nuggets next year and improving what we did,” Shaw reiterated to ESPN New York on Tuesday. “(I) wish (the Knicks) well in what they’re doing but I’m happy where I am.”
Shaw went 36-46 in his rookie year as head coach of the Nuggets. The Knicks president “hasn’t given up total hope” on Shaw just yet, the Post reported, adding that any deal would almost certainly include “compensation” for Denver.
Then there’s Fisher, who’s currently playing playoff basketball for the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s been reported that Jackson would wait on making a hire until speaking with his former player. That may not take long with OKC down 2-0 to San Antonio in the Western Conference finals.
But there’s a problem with the 39-year-old point guard, too. He could have other options, which would include a chance to stay with Kevin Durant & Co., according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
Fisher won five titles playing under Jackson with the Lakers.
The Knicks are also considering Mike Dunleavy, according to multiple reports.
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