Phil Jackson prefers Brian Shaw over Derek Fisher, a source told reporter Marc Berman (New York Post, May 21).
Shaw has repeatedly said that he is happy as head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
“I’m happy where I am. I’m looking forward to coaching a healthy, full complement of players with the Nuggets next year and improving what we did,” Shaw said.
He is also under contract in Denver.
Sam SpiegelmanIs it just me, or is anyone else all of a sudden feeling even more pessimistic about the Knicks’ coaching search?
I was very, very confident in Phil Jackson’s pursuit of Steve Kerr. I grew even more intrigued when I found out the Warriors and Lakers coveted Kerr as well. The hot coach on the market? A playoff team wants him? The Lakers are willing to hire him? It seemed a great choice, but the Warriors wound up nabbing him.
Now the options turn to assists and former coaches — Brian Shaw, Mike Dunleavy — that doesn’t intrigue me at all. I’m not even a potential Derek Fisher hires me either. I see the similarities a Fisher hire would have to that of Kerr, but Kerr has spent time in an NBA front office and watching from the broadcast booth; Fisher is still in the midst of his playing career. There was a time when Jason Kidd didn’t look like he knew what he was doing in his first year, and although he ended up righting the ship, he had a boatload of veteran players to help him through it.
The coaching hire is Jackson’s first big move as president. He fired Mike Woodson, which we all saw coming, but now he needs “his guy.” But who fits that mold and who is willing to come to New York?
At this point, I don’t know and I’m not as optimistic as I once was. I do know that a lot depends upon this hire.