Nobody was surprised when Phil Jackson fired Mike Woodson as the head coach of the New York Knicks. With the Zen Master in charge, it was just a matter of time before he cleaned house. Not only did he fire Woodson, the entire coaching staff was let go.
Who are the candidates to take over as head coach? Here are the six most likely replacements for Woodson:
6. Frank Hamblen
Jackson knows Hamblen well; Hamblen was an assistant coach on seven of his championship teams. He’s had interim head coaching stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. Could he now get his first full-time gig? It’s possible.
5. Kurt Rambis
There’s little doubt that Jackson wants the Knicks to run the triangle offense. Rambis is a huge believer in that offense. He also has experience on the sidelines with Jackson. Don’t count him out.
4. Brian Shaw
While Shaw is currently the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, he didn’t exactly shine during his first year on the job. If the Nuggets agree to let him walk, Jackson could jump at the chance to bring him to New York.
3. Jim Cleamons
Outisde of Tex Winter, Jim Cleamons is the assistant coach most connected with Jackson over the years. He also has head coaching experience, which works in his favor.
2. Phil Jackson
Could Jackson opt to just hire himself to be the head coach? I believe there’s a strong possibility. I think Jackson would love one final run on the sidelines.
1. Steve Kerr
The number one rumor since Jackson took over the Knicks has been that Kerr would become the team’s next head coach. In fact, it may already be set in stone. If Kerr gets the job, expect him to do quite well.