Former Knicks forward David Lee gave a glowing testimonial of his former coach Mark Jackson, who is in the running to become the Knicks next head coach.
After the team fired Jeff Hornacek on the back of another disappointing season, Jackson has become a hot name to replace him. If the Knicks were to appoint the former Warriors coach, Lee believes it'd be a smart decision.
"He has a very smart perspective looking at the game,'' Lee told Marc Berman of NY Post. "Especially dealing with what you want in New York, you need somebody to understand the landscape."
Jackson is no stranger to the bright lights. He is from New York City had two stints with the Knicks during his playing career.
"Coaching and playing in New York is different than any city," Lee said. "You see it in baseball - superstars play for the Yankees either thrive or shy away from the situation. Mark understands the difference in New York basketball. He's from there. He understands the politics, the fans, things involved unique to the Knicks. That's an advantage he has.''
When Jackson took charge of the Warriors, they weren't exactly in as dire a state that the Knicks currently are, but they were far away from the dynasty they are today. With that in mind, Lee believes Jackson is someone who can turn around the culture of the Knicks.
"The Warriors ownership has acknowledged as time has gone by there's building blocks,'' Lee said. "Mark is no different than the role I played. I'm not part of this huge dynasty winning championships. But I like to think of myself as one of the building blocks - as big or small a block as I was - to help turn the franchise around. I put Mark in the same category. We hopefully got things going in the right direction. Then you get a [Kevin] Durant and Draymond Green to do what he does and the rest is history.''
Jackson, 53, currently an ESPN basketball analyst alongside Jeff Van Gundy, went 121-109 as the Warriors coach before Steve Kerr replaced him for the 2014-15 season.
The Knicks are reportedly considering former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, G League head coach Jerry Stackhouse, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson and current Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer for the position.