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 SchlosserOn 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.