Dark-Horse Coaching Candidates New York Knicks Should Consider

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Dark-Horse Coaching Candidates New York Knicks Should Consider
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The New York Knicks' head coaching search has consisted of largely predictable names to this point, and it's easy to see why when considering who's conducting the search. Team president Phil Jackson has achieved arguably the most success of any man to ever coach in the NBA, and he has done so by utilizing a strategy that no coach has been able to replicate.

With this in mind, it's no wonder that the majority of Jackson's rumored candidates have been his own disciples, already familiarized with the principles of the triangle offense. 

But after swinging and missing on Steve Kerr, the team may be headed down the same path with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher. Jackson is reportedly postponing the naming of a head man until he gets the chance to speak with Fisher, who will likely retire after the Thunder's playoff run.

But as a safety net, Jackson would be wise to open his mind to candidates outside the Steve Kerrs, Derek Fishers, Tyronn Lues and Luke Waltons of the NBA world. Familiarity and synergy between the front office and coaching staff are valuable, but a narrow-minded approach surely isn't.

Ahead are potential names that Jackson could look toward to round out his interviewing process—ones who aren't necessarily associated with the Zen Master.

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