Report: Phil Jackson Prefers Brian Shaw Over Derek Fisher

Brian Shaw

The New York Knicks coaching search just got a little more interesting.

The New York Post is reporting that Knicks president Phil Jackson would prefer to hire Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw over Thunder point guard Derek Fisher.

According to a source, Jackson, the Knicks president, prefers Shaw over Fisher, but the Nuggets would require the Knicks to pay compensation. That appears to be a bigger roadblock to getting Shaw out of his Denver contract than Shaw’s reluctance to come to New York. It’s unclear whether Jackson has formally asked the Nuggets permission to speak to Shaw.

The source said Jackson hasn’t given up total hope he somehow can pry Shaw from Denver, especially if the Fisher scenario falls through.

Shaw was at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday and I watched him tell reporters several times that he was happy in Denver.  This seems like a developing situation.