By this time next week, the New York Knicks will have officially welcomed Phil Jackson into the front-office fold. And while the positive vibes wrought from New York’s considerable coup are bound to linger on, the next order of business will be exactly that—getting down to business.
First and foremost on Phil’s list of to-dos: Finding a replacement for Mike Woodson, whom most expect to be let go at the end of this season.
For as many challenges as these Knicks face—a burden-saddled salary cap, a lack of future flexibility and the fate of Carmelo Anthony—inserting a coach capable of stewarding this creaky, leaky ship is near the top of the list.
Today, we’ll look at five possible candidates, ranking them not only in order of basketball fit, but philosophy as well. It's a subject the Zen Master himself knows a little something about.
The rumors have already begun in earnest. Like this one, from the New York Post's Marc Berman:
Brian Shaw, a former Lakers guard and longtime Jackson assistant, could be another, even though he signed on with Denver last spring for his first head coaching job. The Nuggets are struggling — eight games under .500 — and there are rumors he has lost some of the locker room.
Spoiler alert: Shaw didn't even make this list.
Think the rest will all be tried-and-true triangle disciples? Think again.