Steve Kerr tops list of Knicks coaching candidates, but others are in the mix
If you believe the New York Post, TNT analyst and former Phoenix Suns GM Steve Kerr "absolutely expects" to be offered the Knicks coaching job, and "if he’s offered the job, he’s definitely going to do it". Those quotes are attributed to sources of the Post's George Willis. Kerr played for Jackson with the Chicago Bulls from 1995-98, when the franchise won three consecutive NBA titles.
Kerr seems a fine and professional candidate, though perhaps a little overconfident. If Knicks President Phil Jackson decides on somebody else, whom might this somebody else be? We have no legitimate information on this. So... let's check the rumor mill!
Derek Fisher - Sure, Steve Kerr has won three titles with Phil Jackson. But Derek Fisher has won five. Fisher played for the Los Angeles Lakers on their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship teams. So I'm guessing he understands the triangle offense reasonably well. Currently playing for Oklahoma City, Fisher has announced he will retire at the end of this season. He and Jackson remain close, though Fish denies he's a candidate.
Mark Jackson - The Golden State Warriors coach should absolutely, positively not be fired after taking the Warriors to their first consecutive playoff appearances in 22 years. But these are the Warriors, people. Should they fire Jackson, he will immediately become the hottest coaching candidate in the NBA.
Brian Shaw - Another former player of Jackson's, Shaw has also won three titles with Jackson (LA Lakers: 2000, 2001, 2002). But Shaw has two years left on his contract to coach the Nuggets, and would require a Doc Rivers to the Clippers kind of deal.
Phil Jackson - I can't not list Jackson here. It is, after all, his decision. He has said publicly that he does not want to coach the team, but the possibility should not be dismissed.