Rick Fox says he’s a candidate for Knicks head coach

Rick Fox said that he is a candidate for the head coach position with the Knicks.

Fox said that he and Phil Jackson have been discussing the job for four months (Isola, June 9).

“I’ve been a candidate for while and what I’m comfortable communicating is that there’s really nothing for me to do,” Fox said on NBC Sports Radio on Monday.

Derek Fisher is considered the leading candidate the land the job, and Jackson is supposed “ramp up” discussions with him this week (TKB, June 9).

“Phil has expressed his interest, and the patience for him discovering who is right for that job is left in his court,” Fox said. “I know that Phil is as competent a coach as there ever was so that if you’re a Knicks fan, to know that he’s going to find the right person to work with in that capacity has to be comforting to those people and you just let it play out.”

Fox won three championships with the Lakers under Jackson.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

On one hand, Fox’s apparent candidacy comes out of the blue. Though meetings between he and Jackson have been alluded to before, one has to wonder what qualifies him for such a position.

The same thing as everyone else considered: inexperience and a willingness to listen to and be guided by Phil.

Should Fisher be considered a much more qualified candidate, simply because of his court vision while serving as a floor general as a player? Like Fisher, not only was Fox a proven winner over the course of his career, but he was also looked at by Jackson as a leader on the Lakers while the team was beginning to find themselves en route to becoming champions. Fox served as a team captain and was certainly one to speak his mind.

Regardless of which (if either) is named next head coach of the Knicks, it’d be interesting to see Fisher and Fox paired up, alongside one another, on the bench.

Throughout this coaching search, Jackson has expressed an interest in bringing a familiar face to the Big Apple. He desires someone he has been through good, as well as bad, times with. It’s good to know two people can work well together while weathering a storm, if need be.

For what it’s worth, Fisher and Fox certainly proved as much during their time in Los Angeles. Regardless of whether or not Fox is a serious candidate for the head coaching job, it’s a positive to hear his name in conversations.




55 comments
Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

everyone was starting to doubt Phil...I never did however.....the Zen Master was working his magic quietly..even got fined 25k for publicly stating his interest in Kerr....he made him feel welcome and from day 1 Fish felt like he was wanted by the Zen...without Zen this would never happen

Thank You Phil....that 25k he got fined will in turn out to be a phenomenal decision...it already is...

Phil was like...This is my guy, I like him.....Im gonna get him....and he did...

2nte when praying to Jesus CHrist, our lord and savior , and the Holy spirit .... Lets add Phil Jackson to our prayers...as he completes the trifecta and makes out lives whole again...god bless and lets break bread

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

the 3 Happiest days of my life as a Knick fan the last decade

1) SIgning Phil Jackson
2) Phil Jackson signing FIsher
3) Drafting Timmy Hardaway JR

We can finally see the light at the end of the tunne for the first time in 20 years ... 

LETS GO KNICKS !!!

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Tells you that IMO Phil wanted Fish the whole time, wouldn't give Kerr 5 years but gives 5 to Fish

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@WojYahooNBA: Derek Fisher is finalizing an agreement on a 5-year, $25 million deal to become the Knicks coach, league sources tell Yahoo.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@HowardBeck: Fisher's staff is very likely to include Kurt Rambis. Others in mix: Rick Fox, Luke Walton, Bill Cartwright.

rgm891
rgm891

5 years 25 million for Dfish.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

Do I smell DYNASTY ?? Perhaps this also leads Melo to OPT in

Melo - Opts in
in 2015 we get Love and ROndo and Melo maxes

Knicks and Heat - will be only 2 heavyweights in east for next decade till 2025 

But we have the much better coach..

LESSON LEARNED FROM ALL OF THIS

PHIL SHOULD NEVER BE DOUBTED.....This is WAY better then the Kerr SIgning...patience pays off my friend ! Thank you Phil !

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

Judging by how Phil Jackson was ga ga over Fish in his book I have no reason think , this will be nothing but a home run


1) Fish understands the traingle
2) according to phil - Fish is extremely smart
3) he has respect from all players
4) he is young and energetic

THIS SIGNING KICKS A$s !!!

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

WHAT A GREAT DAY TO BE A KNICK FAN

btw...Sandro please give me your email again....I just started doing the paypal process

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@WojYahooNBA: The Fisher-New York deal could be finalized as soon as this afternoon, source tells Yahoo Sports.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

not happenin. we dont need a guy smiley coach

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

If your the one telling everyone your a candidate then you are not a candidate!!

tw22
tw22

Dude is a terrible actor, he needs a gig. And while I relish the idea of bringing in a guy that was coached by both Dean Smith and Phil Jackson, I think we can safely pass here.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Rick Fox isn't qualified to be a HC

Most likely this is Ricky trying to get an interview.

chudogz1
chudogz1

I'd rather OLDKNICK as our coach than Rick Fox.... No offense OLDKNICK, u seem to have more knowledge than that pretty boy..

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

No Rick Fox. I can barely tolerate listening to his corny a$$ on nbatv.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

one of the most clutch/lucky shots in a very important playoff game - in NBA history

rgm891
rgm891

@Seth Nadler Yeah thats pretty interesting. Kerr used the Knicks as leverage haha. Not a surprise if true.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Didn't take long for PJax to convince Fisher, good job Phil, I think he's the best guy for the job

Chris
Chris

@Mel Brown You seriously think JR is a pg? Prigs is the best PG on the team, and Murray should have been 2, had he been given the minutes. JR is not consistant

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@BiggieTKB Luke Walton and Rick Fox are just trying to hitch their names to the Phil Jackson gravy train...that's how I've decided to view those two "candidates" lol.

rgm891
rgm891

@Akamarb Tkb I cant believe this was 10 years ago. They all look like babies. That shot was insane. I wont forget it.  

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

it does...but today Im so excited with Fish....this is truly a dream come true for a Knick fan

rgm891
rgm891

@Seth Nadler Looks like Rambis and Carthwright, plus Walton and Fox for assistants. What u think?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho @BiggieTKB Let's hope you're right.

Even though I believe Jax is trying to do what he thinks it's best, it's become incredibly clear that he wants someone he can have complete control over.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

many ppl forget the crazy tough/clutch shot Duncan hit before that shot...fade away banker...EVERYONE was positive game was over...so Was I

I just looked at the video....Manu Ginobolio had a full head of hair lol...he looks so different now

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

As assistants I think it's great, as head coaches no, but they are vets with championships experience that will really help this team learn the triangle

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@HowardBeck: Fisher's staff is very likely to include Kurt Rambis. Others in mix: Rick Fox, Luke Walton, Bill Cartwright.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@Mel Brown @Chris  Watching the video makes me so angry because there's no denying his skill but selfish childish immaturity is so annoying and rears itself at the worst times of the season!!! We need to hire a professional Brainwasher to help JR with maturity Shump on his shooting and Hardaway on his horrific defense!!!

rgm891
rgm891

@Akamarb Tkb That duncan shot over Shaq was ridiculous. I def thought it was over. The minute it left fisher's hands everyone knew it was money. Lmaooo that was exactly who I was referring to. Crazy man. Best monday in awhile.  

rgm891
rgm891

@Seth Nadler Absolutely man. I like it myself. I just love how Dfish knows how to play with superstars and deal with their egos.  Everyone should be excited.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

thinking back now....that was when Payton and Malone signed on for the lakers to get a cheap ring and just be part of the magic carpet ride...but the Pistons and that crazy defense devoured them...im glad the lakers lost that year

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

KD thinks of him like a brother, Kobe has great respect for him, he's a winner and a leader if men. Think about what an honor for Fish to be hand picked by arguably the greatest coach of all time to chose him to mentor.

rgm891
rgm891

@Seth Nadler What a great honor man.  Shows Dfish is willing to learn and he has all the help in the world.