Potential Coaching Candidates for the Knicks Post-Steve Kerr Edition

By Evan Caulfield on May 15, 2014

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For months it appeared Phil Jackson and the Knicks would have no trouble bringing in Steve Kerr as head coach… that is until the Warriors decided to enter the sweepstakes.

Now with Golden State set to sign Kerr to a five-year $25 million deal,  the ‘Zen Master’ and management are now officially back to the drawing board and will have to assess who could potentially become the next head coach in the Big Apple.

One thing’s for certain – whoever New York brings in will have to follow a similar coaching philosophy to Phil Jackson, which at a minimum includes running some form of the triangle offense.

Even Jackson told Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony recently that whoever he hires “will simply be an extension of himself” and that “he’d be both visible and available on the sidelines while the team takes part in training camp.” according to Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring.

So the question remains, who will Jackson choose as head coach now that Kerr is officially out of the picture? Here’s our take.


Jim Cleamons

So you’re probably wondering who the heck Jim Cleamons is.

Well for starters, Cleamons currently serves as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.

I know what you’re thinking… Recruiting anyone from the Bucks sounds like an absolutely horrible idea, but Cleamons definitely fits the bill for what New York is looking for (plus he’d be a way cheaper option).

He has a long history with Jackson, serving as an assistant with the Lakers and Bulls for over 18 years and also winning a total of 9 championships during their prosperous tenure together.

More importantly, he knows the ins and outs of the triangle offense and wouldn’t need Jackson to hold his hand when it comes to implementing the team’s offensive schemes.


Derek Fisher

It still remains to be seen if Derek Fisher will actually retire after this season, but if he does, he’s sure to garner interest from the Knicks.

Other than Kobe Bryant, no player understands the triangle offense better than Fisher, who served as the Lakers’ starting floor general back when Phil Jackson was with the team.

Better yet, Fisher is known across the league for his renowned leadership skills, previously serving as head of the NBA Players Association and also mentoring young superstars like Kevin Durant.


Kurt Rambis

Like Cleamons, Rambis served as an assistant coach for Phil Jackson with the Lakers, winning three championships and learning the triangle offense from the master himself during his stay in Los Angeles.

However one edge Rambis may have over Cleamons is that he’s also well rounded on the defensive end of the floor, something Cleamons has struggled with since day one in the league.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN,  it appears Rambis is already drawing consideration for the Knicks’ coaching job, following Steve Kerr’s decision to join Golden State.

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