View Full Version : NY Post says Isiah has talked to Mike Brown on coaching the Knicks.

Will Galen
05-12-2005, 01:32 PM
I hadn't read that before. It's just a small blurb. I highlighted it.




May 12, 2005 -- The Knicks are expected to get a run for their money from the Kings for the services of Phil Jackson.
Sources close to the Zen Master say the Kings offer a lot of intriguing possibilities and could be the pick if he does not return to the Lakers.

If Jackson does head to the Kings, that could open up a window of opportunity for Isiah Thomas to pursue current Kings coach Rick Adelman, who would be unemployed. Adelman has just one year left on his pact and is said to be angry the Kings contacted agent Todd Musburger before consulting him.

Jackson considers ownership of utmost importance, and it's known he has a strong liking for the Maloof family. Jackson spent a weekend at the Maloof-owned Palms Hotel in Las Vegas last August for Michael Jordan's fantasy camp. He also attended the Maloof Family Holiday Party in Los Angeles in December.

Two of Jackson's children now reside in the Bay Area, close to Sacramento. It's also known his girlfriend, Lakers VP Jeanie Buss, if Jackson cannot land back in L.A., would prefer him in Sacramento, only a commuter flight away from La-La Land.

The final factor in the Kings' favor is they are closer to a championship than any other team in the mix including the Lakers, Knicks and Blazers.

On Tuesday, Musburger told The Post, "We are flying in a no-comment zone. We are trying to conduct private business, unfortunately, in view of the public."

Meanwhile, Thomas has spoken to more than a half-dozen coaches, even assistants such as Washington's Mike O'Koren and Indiana's Mike Brown. P.J. Carlesimo and Maurice Cheeks are high on Isiah's list, and it appears Flip Saunders is closer to being hired by Portland or Cleveland. Herb Williams still is in the mix.

Other coaches who are available are Eric Musselman and Dan Issel.

It is unclear if Thomas has asked the Kings' permission to talk to Adelman, who prefers an up-tempo offense Isiah likes.

A few days ago, when the Kings' rumors surfaced following their playoff ouster, Adelman said, "The Maloofs have treated me so good and have been so loyal to me that if that indeed happened, I have been here seven years and I'd be surprised. I think I deserve a little better than that."

05-12-2005, 01:40 PM
I want Mike Brown to get the head coaching job that he deserves. But for purely selfish reasons, I hope he gets that opportunity in Indiana in about 2 or 3 years.

05-12-2005, 01:51 PM
The consensus among Knick fans (me too) is that if Phil or LB aren't available, Herb Williams deserves his shot.

Mike Brown's a good candidate - but so's Herb. We'll see where it all ends up I guess.

05-12-2005, 01:56 PM
I just think the Knicks job is going to be a headache for any coach. They have so little room to move with the contracts they are carrying.

05-12-2005, 02:01 PM
Mike Brown will be coaching Lebron and the Cavs if Morway gets the job.

05-12-2005, 02:40 PM
I just think the Knicks job is going to be a headache for any coach. They have so little room to move with the contracts they are carrying.

Actually IMO it's a great opportunity - for a coach. Be a nightmare for a GM.

A Knick coach could really make a name for himself IF he could get those players to play defense. Just look at the lineup:

Marbury - Generally lousy defender who could be very good if he applied himself

Crawford - Truly lousy defender who could be very good - maybe excellent - if he applied himself

TT - Truly abominable defender (gotta be one of the 10 worst in the league) who could be decent if he applied himself

Sweetney - Undersized PF who often looks lost on defense but could be solid to good if he applies himself.

And everyone knows about KT.

The reserves even follow that theme with Ariza and Mo Taylor. Rose is the 2nd sound defender - and Ariza was pretty good for a rookie last year. The only guys on the team that I consider physically incapable of being decent defenders are Houston (at this stage - I figure he's through anyway) and Penny.

The team has plenty of offensive firepower. The coach who gets them to really work on defense could find himself with a 45-win team on his hands. Now it'd be tough to get past that with the talent level (unless we hit a bonanza in the draft) but for a young guy, if you came in and showed you could get those Knicks to D up, you'd have it made to get offers from better teams down the road.

05-12-2005, 09:21 PM
Mike Brown will be coaching Lebron and the Cavs if Morway gets the job.


05-12-2005, 09:22 PM
NOOO! I love Mike Brown, STAY MIKE STAY!!!