New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson denied a report from the New York Daily News that he interviewed Golden State Warriors associate head coach Luke Walton for the Knicks’ head coach job. The Knicks are in desperate need of a coach after Derek Fisher was fired and Kurt Rambis didn’t get the job done.
Another interesting note from the New York Daily News said that Walton could be “in play” for the Lakers job.
The Lakers haven’t decided whether to part ways with Byron Scott, but Walton is definitely going to be an intriguing candidate for the Lakers and any other NBA team that will need a head coach this offseason. Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record while Steve Kerr sat out because of a back issue.
Walton, a former Lakers forward, would be welcomed with open arms back to the Staples Center. However, Walton has made it clear that he loves his job being an assistant under Kerr and with the upstart defending champions.
It doesn’t get any better than what he’s got right now — ever in life — and money will not make that happen again,” Walton said told ESPN’s First Take last month. “It’s there now. Head-coaching jobs, they’re open for a reason, and what he’s got — just stay there.”
The New York Post reported that Walton was also interviewed for the Brooklyn Nets job before they hired Atlanta Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson Sunday. Walton reportedly “pulled himself out of consideration” for that job.