Press accounts of coaching actions are untrue. Nobody has been asked nobody said no.- Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) April 18, 2016
A source has told me that Phil Jacksonhas been on the phone, as early as two weeks ago, making preliminary interview calls to potential candidates and hasn't offered the position to Walton, or anyone. He's doing his diligence and following standard hiring practices. Jackson is clearly taking the bull by the horns with the media here and won't accept any misrepresented reports, which is fascinating.
For the sake of context, it's important to recall Jackson's last hiring process when he courted then-TNT analyst Steve Kerr. Kerr wanted to focus on covering the playoffs until his responsibilities were done in mid-May of 2014 when he ultimately chose Golden State over New York after reportedly very deep negotiations. Jackson then rebooted the search before settling on Derek Fisher June 10, 2014.
If it isn't a completely disparaging theory, teams often let the media believe what they want. There really isn't a pressing need to respond to such speculation, especially considering what's been reported. There hasn't been much at all.
That said, Jackson obviously has a reputation as someone who likes to engage and react to the media and fans alike through social media. He talks freely, which, coming from someone employed by the Knicks' organization, should be welcomed after years of attempting to keep so many things (with regard to strategy and thought process) behind closed doors.
Jackson's ego is huge. One could suggest that he's attempting to clear things up and share on his terms, because he cannot handle the idea of someone (especially someone who is considered to be a part of inner circle, so to speak) turning him down. When Steve Kerr spurned him back in 2014, that not only looked bad, but suggested Jackson wasn't going to be the easiest boss to work with. That has since been proven during his tenure in New York.
Unfortunately, that in itself does not bode well for the Knicks' hopes of hitting a home run with their next head coaching hire. Nevertheless, what comes next remains to be seen. Luke Walton presumedly represents the best of both worlds, as the better option stemming from Jackson's coaching/playing tree.
If the Knicks' President put in a preliminary call to Walton to merely gauge interest, the Warriors' assistant could have opted to hold off on further discussions or a more formal interview until after his team's playoff run is complete. This could explain both the reports that he is not "currently" interested in the Knicks' job, and Jackson's denial that the job has been offered and/or rejected outright by anyone just yet.