With Steve Kerr now just a fading memory, New York Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson is planning to take his time in assessing the remaining candidates for the team's vacant head coaching position.
However, he may have a clear front-runner already in mind.
According to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, "New York Knicks president Phil Jackson continues to send out signals that he's in no rush to hire a coach until he can seriously discuss the position with Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher, according to sources close to the process."
Derek Fisher's interest in head coaching isn't quite assured as of yet, with Thunder coach Scott Brooks telling the New York Daily News this weekend that Fisher could very well come back as a player next season. Fisher is currently evading all questions regarding his future career plans, choosing to keep his focus solely on the team's playoff run:
"I would tell people to allow me to finish my career as a player before they give me another job after that," Fisher said during the Thunder-Clippers series last round. "It's humbling, just to think about people thinking of me in that manner, especially while I'm still playing. [But] I promise you this is the last thing on my mind at this point. I really haven't thought about it that much. Hopefully there's a lot of basketball left to be played this season for sure. Once that's done we'll go from there."
Despite Fisher's objections, Phil Jackson seems relatively convinced at this point that where Fisher could "go from there" is right to the sidelines at Madison Square Garden.
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