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New York Knicks: Phil Jackson Prefers Brian Shaw over Derek Fisher


When Phil Jackson took over as the President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks, Steve Kerr was his first and only choice to be the team’s new head coach. Instead, Kerr signed with the Warriors leaving the Knicks in shambles.

Derek Fisher appeared as the front runner for the job in the days following the Kerr fallout, but now it appears Jackson has his eyes on a new candidate according to the New York Post. That man is none other than Brian Shaw, his former player and the current head coach of the Nuggets.

According to a source, Jackson, the Knicks president, prefers Shaw over Fisher, but the Nuggets would require the Knicks to pay compensation. That appears to be a bigger roadblock to getting Shaw out of his Denver contract than Shaw’s reluctance to come to New York. It’s unclear whether Jackson has formally asked the Nuggets permission to speak to Shaw.

The source said Jackson hasn’t given up total hope he somehow can pry Shaw from Denver, especially if the Fisher scenario falls through.

Before Shaw was hired in Denver, he was an assistant on Frank Vogel’s staff in Indiana. He’s a big supporter of the “Triangle Offense”, something Phil Jackson wants in his head coach. Shaw has told reporters all season that he’s very happy in Denver. 

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