Phil Jackson wants to retain Kurt Rambis, who served as the New York Knicks’ head coach in the interim role after the team axed Derek Fisher on Feb. 8, but according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony endorses former Chicago Bulls head man Tom Thibodeau as a successor for Rambis.
A source close to Anthony insists that his preferred choice is Tom Thibodeau, a coach Jackson seems to have no interest in speaking to. Remember that the next time someone says or reports that Phil is just doing his due diligence.
It was reported earlier this season that Thibodeau has a considerable amount of interest in the Knicks job, but Jackson seems opposed to hiring anyone who wouldn’t look to institute the infamous triangle offense that helped him amass eleven championship rings between coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
Knicks fans hope Jackson wouldn’t spurn someone like Thibodeau in lieu of a coach who would adhere to his offensive whims, but the unpredictable nature of the Zen Master makes it a task to foresee anything.
Thibodeau may have resembled somewhat of an autocratic figure in Chicago and that may scare New York off a bit, but why Melo backs him makes sense. He won games and clinched numerous postseason berths during his time with the Bulls, and on-court prosperity has been a foreign concept to Anthony and the Knicks over the past couple of seasons.
Thibodeau may be viewed as a short-term solution that ensures New York the best chance to win now as Anthony continues to advance in age, but a place-holder does not bode well for a franchise in desperate need of some stability.
How New York handles things will be one of the NBA’s biggest stories this offseason, as they look to escape the Eastern Conference’s dungeon after residing there for two consecutive seasons.