Knicks set on speaking to Derek Fisher about coaching job, according to report

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Phil Jackson is in no rush to make a head coaching hire for the New York Knicks.

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is willing to take his time in his search for a new head coach, and that means waiting for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher's season to end, reports ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelbourne.

Jackson wants to hire a familiar face, and after Steve Kerr chose the Golden State Warriors' head coaching job over the Knicks, it's back to square one. While Jackson would like to speak to Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw, ESPN reports New York is worried about what it would take to pull Shaw to the Big Apple. NBA teams are allowed to compensate teams for hiring their head coaches in cash or with draft picks, but the Knicks worry they don't have enough to offer the Nuggets without a first-round draft pick until 2018, according to ESPN.

That makes Fisher, another point guard who played under Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, a prime candidate to run the triangle offense for the Knicks. As his Thunder enter the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, it remains unclear if Fisher would have interest in coaching.

Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks put in a good word for his 39-year-old backup point guard to the New York Daily News.

"I think it would make a lot of sense for Derek to coach in New York. But there's no rush. If they wait a few more weeks they can talk to him. I don't think Phil would talk to him now anyway because Phil has too much respect for the game and Derek. He knows how hard it is to accomplish what we're trying to do here. But I hope they do speak at some point."

Also on the list of candidates for the Knicks' opening are former Lakers Tyronn Lue, Kurt Rambis and Luke Walton, though Jackson would ideally bring Rambis and Walton as assistants to another head coach. Jackson also has spoken with veteran head coach Mike Dunleavy about the job and wouldn't rule out a future meeting with recently fired Warriors head coach Mark Jackson.


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