Replacing Zeke: Mark Jackson?

by April 04, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

Assuming that James Dolan wasn’t being facetious when he handed Donnie Walsh the keys to the franchise, then logic would dictate that Isiah Lord Thomas’s days in New York are about to come to an end. And that the search for a replacement has begun.

According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, former Knick point guard Mark “Action” Jackson is the front-runner for the high profile gig (and could even find work in the franchise’s front office).

Former Knick Mark Jackson is emerging as a favorite to succeed Thomas.

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.

As the article notes, Jackson has no previous coaching experience, but that has never seemed to bother ol’ Donnie Walsh. And really, at this point, even Woody Allen could be named the head coach and Knicks fans would still be happy.

For selfish reasons, I don’t want Mark Jackson to coach the Knicks. He’s simply too entertaining on television. Although, I must admit, I’d be curious to see how his patented “You’re better than that!” would be received in the team huddle.