NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Add Mark Jackson’s name to the suddenly growing list of Knicks’ head-coaching candidates.
Team president Phil Jackson has reached out to the former Golden State Warriors coach and ex-Knicks point guard to gauge his interest in the opening, SNY reported.
Mark Jackson, 51, took over a downtrodden Warriors franchise in 2011 and brought it to the playoffs in his second and third seasons, only to be fired a year before Golden State won the NBA championship in 2015. He has a 121-109 career record.
Mark Jackson is currently working as an analyst for ESPN.
The Knicks are looking for a full-time replacement after Derek Fisher was fired in February. Kurt Rambis has been serving as interim coach, and, despite his 9-18 record entering Tuesday night’s season finale at Indiana, he reportedly remains a strong candidate to land the job full-time.
Rambis, 58, served on Phil Jackson’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers and runs the triangle offense the Knicks president favors, and the two are close friends. Rambis served two seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-11, finishing with a 32-132 record. He also was the Lakers’ interim coach in 1999, when his team went 24-13 in a lockout-shortened season and reached the Western Conference semifinals.
Phil Jackson said in March that Rambis is “perfectly capable” of coaching the team full-time.
The Knicks are also reportedly interested in former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt.
The Cavs fired Blatt, 56, in January despite the team being in first place in the Eastern Conference standings. In Blatt’s first season in the NBA in 2014-15, he led Cleveland to the NBA Finals.
Before making the jump to the NBA, Blatt was a coach of the year in leagues in Israel, Russia and Europe. He also led the Russian national team to a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics.