Phil should coach the Knicks

With Kerr no long an option, it makes sense for Jackson to step in for 2014-15

Updated: May 22, 2014, 12:45 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider

Phil JacksonAP Photo/Mark LennihanPhil Jackson would be the Knicks' best option to implement the triangle offense.

It's been a little over a week since the New York Knicks were spurned by Steve Kerr, resetting Phil Jackson's head-coaching search to the beginning. While there isn't necessarily an urgency to make a hire before the draft, Jackson needs to have this wrapped up before the league's annual moratorium on most transactions begins on July 1. That's the date that Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent, and if he's going to stick with the Knicks, he's going to want to know what he's getting into.

At this point, no matter who Jackson brings in will not only be faced with implementing Jackson's beloved on-court systems with the man himself hovering nearby, but he'll have to do so knowing that he wasn't the anointed one. After chewing on this for a week, my knee-jerk reaction has coalesced into a full-blown stance: The only real way for Jackson and the Knicks to save face is for him to coach the team himself. This has probably been his best option all along.