Report: Mark Jackson added to Knicks’ coaching search

Could Mark Jackson return to the Knicks to coach the team that drafted him?

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Phil Jackson is reportedly expanding his coaching search.

The Knicks have added former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson to their tentative list of potential hires, the New York Post reports.

Jackson, who was fired despite leading Golden State to back-to-back playoff appearances, was drafted by the Knicks in 1987 and spent the first five seasons of his career in New York.

The Knicks were reportedly close to hiring former TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr as head coach, but Kerr opted to fill the Warriors vacancy, agreeing to a five-year, $25 million deal.

Phil Jackson has reportedly been focused on hiring a coach who would implement the triangle offense, which Jackson used to win 11 championships as a coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.

But after losing out on Kerr, Jackson has had a change of heart and has expanded his search to coaches who do not strictly run the triangle, according to the report.