Phil Jackson sure loves the idea of turning his former players into coaches.
According to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne from ESPN, Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are now targeting three former Los Angeles Lakers players to be their next head coach after Steve Kerr made the surprising decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
Luke Walton, Tyronn Lue, Derek Fisher and Brian Shaw all played for Jackson in L.A. and are now under consideration for the Knicks’ coaching job, according to the report.
Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons and Frank Hamblen – three of Jackson’s former assistant coaches – are also reportedly being considered.
Walton, who was always lauded for his high basketball IQ, has gained some experience on the sidelines in recent years after servings as an assistant coach at University of Memphis. Walton, 34, also worked as a developmental coach with the L.A. D-Fenders this past season.
Lue and Shaw currently have coaching jobs in the Association, with the former working with Doc Rivers on the Clippers and the latter being the head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
However, accordingly to the report, Shaw has no interest in leaving his current position in Denver.
The Lakers were also linked to Kerr, who reportedly signed a five-year deal with the Warriors, though the purple and gold’s interest in the TNT commentator was never though to be all that serious.