Why the report of Kleiman pushing for Mark Jackson is a problem

Let’s look beyond the obvious, for a second…

The problem with news leaking about Rich Kleiman making a push for Mark Jackson is that it works to discredit the entire process, undertaken by Steve Mills and Scott Perry, to find a qualified coaching candidate.

For the record, none of the recent reports by Woj, Stein, and Bondy list Mark Jackson on the Knicks short list. But with this latest bit of information, fans are ready to panic.

Because the Knicks are the Knicks, everybody is going to quote tweet Marc Stein’s report, and use it as an example of Here we go again

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Mark Jackson candidacy hasn’t gained traction

Surprisingly, Mark Jackson’s candidacy hasn’t gained much traction. It’s noteworthy no other club with a vacancy interviewed Jackson, whose Golden State axing in 2014 left a sourness.

It is believed one concern is the coaching staff Jackson might construct. Jackson has been out of the coaching loop four years and warred with two of his Warriors assistants, Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman, now flourishing as defensive coordinator in New Orleans.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Who is competing with the Knicks for their coaching candidates?

Bookmark this page to see which teams are interested in the same candidates.


Mike Budenholzer

David Fizdale

Jerry Stackhouse

James Borrego

Jay Larranaga

David Blatt


  • Mark Jackson
  • Mike Woodson
  • Kenny Smith
  • Juwan Howard

On this Date: April 28, 1992

Patrick Ewing leads Knicks to Game 3 victory in Detroit.

Patrick Ewing scored 32 points, including the Knicks’ final 8 points in regulation and 4 points in overtime. Ewing tied the game with 13 seconds left, and then Mark Jackson played stellar defense on Isiah Thomas to prevent the game-winning shot. The win gave the Knicks a 2-1 series lead.

Mike Breen comments on Mark Jackson as a potential Knicks coach

Q: What do you think makes Jackson a good coach?

A: He has a great basketball mind. He had it as a player and then he did the same thing as Warriors coach. When we go and meet with players around the league for sit-downs, the respect factor is a lot of fun to watch. His ability to relate to players, understand what they are going through is one of his key strengths.

Q: Are you rooting for him to get the Knicks job?

A: That’s the hardest question to answer. I worry about losing one or both of my partners because I have the dream job with those two — it doesn’t get any better than Jeff [Van Gundy] and Mark. At the same time, I know they both love to coach and that’s what they want. And if that’s what they want then I am going to celebrate and be thrilled for them if they get a chance to coach again.

via Justin Terranova, New York Post

Hard to believe it was the Knicks at the forefront of the 3-point revolution

This article was published in the New York Times in 2013 about the explosion in three-point shooting. There are some interesting quotes from some of the Knicks head coaching candidates.

Mike Woodson suggests it was more a matter of roster construction than philosophy in taking so many threes.

The Knicks, who took more than a third of their shots in the regular season from behind the 3-point line — they established league records for made 3-pointers (891) and attempts (2,371) — took a 2-0 lead on Boston as nine Knicks attempted at least one 3-pointer. That sort of across-the-roster barrage was unheard-of only a few years ago.

“That’s pretty much what we do,” Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said this month. “They’re not bad shots. You’ve got guys who can make them. If I didn’t have players who could make them, trust me, I wouldn’t be shooting them. We’ve got a bunch of guys who can make the 3, and we’ve shot it with high percentages this year. When you’ve got them, you’ve got to take them.”

via John Branch, New York Times

Mark Jackson comments on how the game has evolved from his own style of play.

“It’s an exciting brand of basketball,” said Mark Jackson, Golden State’s coach, who played point guard for 17 years in the N.B.A. “Who wants to see a point guard back down for 20 seconds? It’s a different game. It’s much more enjoyable — talking as someone who did that.”

via John Branch, New York Times

Brian Scalabrine supports Mark Jackson

Four years after Scalabrine was demoted from Jackson’s bench and ultimately released, the former assistant took responsibility for the fallout in Golden State — “it was totally my fault,” he said — and emphasized how relatable Jackson is to today’s NBA player.

“It was like no locker room I’ve ever been a part of, just his technique for motivating guys to run through a wall for him,” Scalabrine told the Daily News. “And if I had a young team I would definitely think about hiring a guy like Mark because there’s a certain amount of development that has to happen in the NBA. And guys need to take strides. And confidence is a big part of it. And he knows how to bring out that confidence.”

via Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News

Mark Jackson a popular choice?

Many in the media believe that Mark Jackson would be a fan-friendly hire, considering his New York ties from birth to St John’s to playing with the Knicks. Perhaps, management believes he would help them in taking a patient approach to the rebuild since fans would give him a longer rope.

I’m not so sure about that narrative.


First round of interviews complete

Among the Knicks’ head-coaching interviews already completed, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse made strong cases for themselves, league sources told ESPN.

The Knicks also interviewed Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson and TNT analyst Kenny Smith for the vacancy. Woodson, who was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after two-plus seasons, isn’t considered to be in the top tier of initial candidates. Former Golden State Warriors coach and ESPN analyst Mark Jackson also interviewed for the job.

via Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, ESPN

David Lee supports Mark Jackson

David Lee provides perspective on the Knicks coaching search as someone who has both played in New York and under Mark Jackson

“He has a very smart perspective looking at the game,’’ Lee told The Post in a phone interview. “Especially dealing with what you want in New York, you need somebody to understand the landscape.“Coaching and playing in New York is different than any city. You see it in baseball — superstars play for the Yankees either thrive or shy away from the situation. Mark understands the difference in New York basketball. He’s from there. He understands the politics, the fans, things involved unique to the Knicks. That’s an advantage he has.’’

via Marc Berman, New York Post