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Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (70) / 9/17/1945
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 221

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The Knicks are hopeful to have their coaching search completed "within the next week or so," a source told Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal.
Frank Vogel, David Blatt and incumbent Kurt Rambis are the three candidates for the job, and while many assumed Rambis was a done deal before the search ever began, it seems as if Vogel's candidacy is starting to gain a bit of momentum. Will Vogel's late push be enough to keep Rambis from patrolling the sidelines for the 2016-17 campaign? Only Zen Master Phil Jackson knows the answer to that one. May 16 - 11:17 AM

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Mike Fratello said that he'd be happy to talk with Phil Jackson regarding the Knicks' head coaching vacancy.

Fratello said that he would not be opposed to running the triangle offense, but it's currently unclear if Jackson views Fratello as a potential candidate for the Knicks' head coaching position. While David Blatt has been the only guy that Jackson has met with so far, Kurt Rambis remains the frontrunner to land the gig. That probably doesn't sit well with Carmelo Anthony, who has repeatedly pleaded for Jackson to go through an all encompassing coaching search.
May 12 - 4:52 PM

Phil Jackson reportedly met with Kurt Rambis' agents on Tuesday.

The quirk here is that Jackson and Rambis' agents are the same people, so while this may be a sign that Jackson is progressing towards a deal that would name Rambis as New York's next head coach, it could also have been nothing more than a social visit. Jackson has also contacted Luke Walton and David Blatt regarding the Knicks' vacancy at the helm, but all indications thus far are that Rambis is the current frontrunner.
Apr 27 - 10:49 AM

Phil Jackson spoke to Warriors assistant Luke Walton without permission, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Jackson spoke to Walton on Saturday, but did so without receiving the Warriors permission. While Kerr said he wouldn't file tampering charges in this instance, Jackson is officially on notice. "Luke and Phil have had contact, just like Phil and I have had contact, but not anything to do with the job,’’ Kerr said. "That would be tampering. If somebody wants to speak with Luke, they know the protocol."
Apr 19 - 9:44 AM

Kurt Rambis will reportedly be returning to the Knicks next season in some capacity.

If it's not as the head coach, Rambis could be retained as an offensive coordinator or an assistant general manager, according to sources of the New York Post. Phil Jackson reportedly views Rambis as the only option to put in place as New York's next full time head coach, which is not something that Carmelo Anthony seems to be all that excited about.
Apr 13 - 10:00 AM

There have been rumors that Phil Jackson could leave the Knicks for the Lakers, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

There have been rumblings that Jackson might want to return to the Lakers and those rumors will likely gain some steam now that the Knicks will again miss the playoffs. Jackson will have a decision on the Knicks next head coach if he stays in New York, but we'll be on the lookout for news surrounding his future as the president of the Knicks.
Apr 12 - 10:22 AM

Phil Jackson is reportedly pushing for Kurt Rambis to be the Knicks' next full-time head coach.

Jackson has reportedly been much more involved in helping Rambis run the team since he took over the head coaching duties for Derek Fisher, and that is because Rambis has been much more receptive to Jackson's input than Fisher ever was. While Carmelo Anthony would prefer Jackson go through an all encompassing coaching search, Rambis has reportedly emerged as Jackson's one and only choice. It'll be interesting to see if James Dolan signs off on the hire this offseason.
Apr 6 - 5:04 PM

Phil Jackson won't coach the Knicks on a part-time basis next season, according to a source close to the Knicks president.

There have been rumors that Jackson would split Knicks head coaching duties with Kurt Rambis next season, but Jackson's friend Charley Rosen said that scenario is unrealistic. "Phil said it’s absolutely not true — there’s no chance he’s going to coach,’’ Rosen said. "It’s total fantasy — an old rumor.’’ While anything is possible, it sounds like we won't see a Rambis-Jackson head coaching pairing in 2016-17.
Mar 22 - 9:06 AM

Carmelo Anthony stated on Tuesday that he would not accept Phil Jackson as a part-time head coach for the Knicks.

"I wouldn’t accept that if that was the case," Anthony said of rumors that Jackson could coach the Knicks during home games next season. "Phil is cool man. He doesn’t need to be on the sidelines no more... Phil ain’t coaching no more man. So let’s [kill] that rumor. Phil ain’t coaching no more." Rumors of Jackson only coaching home games have been floated around in the past, but have never come to fruition, and it doesn't seem likely that will suddenly change next season.
Mar 16 - 9:55 AM

There are rumors that Phil Jackson could coach the Knicks home games next season, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Jackson would split head coaching duties with current interim head coach Kurt Rambis in this scenario, but it's hard to envision how such a partnership would work. While this scenario is interesting, there are also rumors that the Knicks will pursue Luke Walton as their next coach so it doesn't sound like the Zen Master's return to the bench is a sure thing.
Source: ESPN
Mar 15 - 10:05 AM

Knicks coach Kurt Rambis said that he's not ready to give the younger Knicks more playing time.

"On some level that's a possibility and there's some logic to that, to giving them some more time," Rambis said. "But we still want to try and finish the season and positively as possible and win as many games as possible. It's something I'll digest at a later time." The Knicks are seven losses behind the eighth seed in the East, so Rambis might be chasing wins at the expense of his younger guys.
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 9:21 AM

Phil Jackson is "in the market for a point guard," according to the New York Daily News.

The Knicks have been searching for a point guard since prior to P-Jax's arrival, so this hardly comes as a surprise. Names like Ty Lawson and Brandon Jennings are on New York's radar, but it's hard to envision a difference-making deal getting constructed with the (lack of) assets the Knicks currently possess.
Feb 15 - 8:59 AM

The New York Knicks have been informed that hiring Scott Brooks as their next head coach would increase their chances of signing Kevin Durant, according to league sources.

It's unclear who has informed the Knicks of this, but it seems unlikely that team president Phil Jackson will hire a coach based on a potential free agent signing. Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Jeff Hornacek, and David Blatt are all available, but it looks like Jackson will see how interim head coach Kurt Rambis does before he hires a coach who doesn't utilize the triangle offense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 9:17 AM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks would like to bring in a young scoring guard to bolster their backcourt.

The Knicks are in 11th place in the East with a 12-14 record, but their backcourt is an obvious weakness at the moment. The Knicks do not want to impact their cap space beyond this season, as they want to keep their flexibility for free agents this summer. Nothing is imminent at the moment, but the addition of another guard could take some minutes away from guys like Jose Calderon or Arron Afflalo.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 11:51:00 AM

Phil Jackson said that he expects to take a more hands-on approach with the Knicks this upcoming season.

"I thought that maybe I stepped back too far last year," Jackson said. "I wanted Derek to be his own person, to have his own feel for this, and that was multiplied in numbers of ways. Derek's kind of asked me to be a little more present this year, actually. Not in the aspect of coaching, but just in being around and talking basketball and influential in observations." Perhaps the influence of the Zen Master can help New York improve from last year's abysmal 17-65 record.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 10:42:00 AM

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