Thursday, May 8, 2014
Mark Jackson: Haven't heard from Knicks
By Ian Begley
Mark Jackson revealed in separate radio interviews on Wednesday that he hasn't heard from the Knicks yet regarding their coaching vacancy, and he'd like to coach again.
Jackson said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" that he believes "coaching is in my future."
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"There are some great jobs available," said Jackson, who was fired by the Warriors on Tuesday. "... I am exited about the next chapter in my life and what lies ahead. We'll see what happens."
The Knicks have a head-coaching vacancy but have not yet reached out to Jackson, the ex-Warriors coach told "The Dan Patrick Show."
Knicks president Phil Jackson is instead focused on Steve Kerr. The Warriors also have interest in Kerr.
A source with knowledge of the Warriors' thinking says the team believes that it has a "legit shot" to land Kerr as its next head coach. The organization is hoping that Kerr's ties to president Rick Welts will "bring [Kerr] over since they are so close."
Would ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson be a good fit in New York?
Despite the full-court press applied by Golden State, the Knicks are still the favorite to land Kerr as the next head coach due to his relationship with Phil Jackson, a league source told ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor on Wednesday evening.
Phil Jackson is believed to be interested primarily in coaching candidates whom he has a relationship with.
In addition to interviewing Kerr, who won three titles under Jackson, the Knicks president has also talked to Bill Cartwright, who played under Jackson in Chicago.
Phil Jackson and Mark Jackson, who grew up in New York City, starred at St. John's and played for the Knicks, have no prior relationship.
Mark Jackson told Smith and Ruocco that he was "grateful" for the opportunity to coach in Golden State but was upset that unnamed sources released information about his firing before it was made official.
"There's not a question anymore, can I coach," Jackson said. "That's been proven. I'm grateful for the opportunity and we'll see what lies ahead."