Former Chicago Bulls head coach and now President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks Organization Phil Jackson is intent on keeping Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in New York and his decision on Monday was the first step in that process.
The Knicks announced on Monday that head coach Mike Woodson and his entire coaching staff have been fired.
The question now becomes how will the Knicks go about filling their head coaching vacancy?
The Knicks head coach vacancy has multiple ties to the Bulls.
The biggest tie is current Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau has always been rumored to be leaving the Bulls in order to become the head coach for the Knicks. However, those rumors always manage to be shot down by Thibodeau.
Speaking of Thibodeau, it has been mentioned a couple times this season that Anthony has made an inquiry on what it is like playing for Thibodeau. Thibodeau, also, is believed to be interested in coaching Anthony.
But if Anthony and Thibodeau are to be paired, it is far more likely that the pairing would happen with the Bulls as opposed to the Knicks.
Beyond Thibodeau, it is not out of the question to think that the Knicks could have an interest in some of the Bulls coaches under Thibodeau. Thibodeau’s coaching staff is widely respected around the league and many are considered to be future head coaches.
The Knicks, though, may already have a candidate in mind to be their next head coach. Multiple reports indicate that Jackson is interested in Steve Kerr being the next head coach of the Knicks. Kerr would accept the position if offered. Kerr, a former Bulls player under Jackson, has no coaching experience in the NBA.
Even in the playoffs, the Bulls will be monitoring the Knicks movements closely as every move they make could have direct relation to Chicago’s efforts to land Anthony in the off-season.