Friday , Apr , 04 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Mark Jackson to Be Next Coach of New York Knicks?

Removing Isiah Thomas as coach is one of the easiest moves Walsh will make. Finding a replacement will not be as simple. Former Knick Mark Jackson is emerging as a favorite to succeed Thomas. Jackson has no previous head coaching experience, but Walsh did give Larry Bird and Thomas their first head coaching jobs.

However, there is some sentiment that Walsh may look to hire Jackson as his general manager, according to a source close to Walsh. Last year, Jackson interviewed for the GM job with the Memphis Grizzlies.

If Jackson – who had two stints as a player on Walsh’s Pacer teams – joins Walsh in the front office, there are several coaching candidates that could appeal to them. Walsh admires Scott Skiles, an experienced coach who could achieve Walsh’s first goal: making the Knicks competitive every night. [NY Daily News]