Phil Jackson isn’t afraid to go a little outside the box, and he could take that to an entirely different level next season with the New York Knicks.
ESPN reported Tuesday that the Knicks president is considering a comeback to coaching. Jackson, of course, won a combined 11 NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
There is, however, a catch: According to the ESPN report, Jackson is toying with the idea of coming down only to coach home games. Current Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis, who replaced Derek Fisher earlier this season, would coach the team on the road.
“There’s even talk Jackson could offer to coach home games next season, with Rambis coaching the road games,” Ramona Shelburne wrote on ESPN.com. “It’s an offer the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss once flatly rejected, but it could be an interesting compromise to hiring Rambis as the head coach next season.”
The next question, of course, would be what happens if the Knicks made the playoffs … which is a funny question, now that we think about it. New York has reached the playoffs just four times since 2001.
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