Yesterday's surprise resignation by Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni opened the floodgates surrounding the NBA coaching rumor mill. Naturally, the first name to be mentioned by most outlets as a potential replacement for D'Antoni was former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
Jackson, owner of 11 NBA championship rings, once played for the Knicks and could be amenable to returning to the sidelines to coach them. But thus far, according to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com, there has been no contact between him and the franchise making the possibility remote as of right now.
Several other names have been thrown around as possible replacements for D'Antoni, and a few of them are more dismissible than others. Here's a look at a couple coaches who won't be making their way to the Big Apple.