Phil Jackson has made a few moves since taking over operations for the Knicks—signing Lamar Odom, tampering with Derek Fisher—but he hasn’t yet hired a coach. According to the New York Post, he hopes to make the hire soon.
According to an NBA source, Jackson is flying to Turkey in mid-June with his fiancée/Lakers president Jeanie Buss for nearly a week to attend his son Ben’s wedding.
Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach.
Fisher, the leading candidate for the Knicks’ job, seemed cognizant of Jackson’s urgency late Saturday night after Oklahoma City got eliminated in the Western Conference finals when he said: “I’ll try to do that as soon as possible for all parties involved and make the decisions that need to be made.’’