New York Knicks Rumors: 5 coaching candidates if Steve Kerr goes elsewhere

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New York Knicks’ president Phil Jackson‘s first order of business is finding the Knicks’ next head coach.

Nov. 26, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; TNT broadcaster and former NBA player Steve Kerr before the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Nets won in overtime 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson has seemingly put all of his eggs in one basket as it regards to Steve Kerr, but what if it doesn’t work out?

Do the Knicks have Plan B?

If Kerr shuns the Knicks and ends up taking the Golden State Warriors offer to become their next head coach, who will the Knicks turn to?

Several names could be considered, including but not limited to: Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, Fred Hoiberg, Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Byron Scott Jerry Sloan and Patrick Ewing. Heck, even the Zen Master himself could be considered a candidate.

But at the end of the day, a lot of the names that many people bring up doesn’t make sense.

Jeff Van Gundy would be foolish to leave the broadcast booth and have to deal with James Dolan again. No man in the world should be forced to do that twice in a lifetime.

Karl wouldn’t coach Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith again even if he were made the highest paid coach in NBA history.

I could go on and on about why certain coaches don’t make sense for the Knicks, but instead I will just take a look at five candidates that do make sense if Kerr decides to stay on the West Coast.

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