Mark Jackson is receiving a "strong behind the scenes push" for the Knicks' head coaching job, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times.
According to Stein, Rich Kleiman -- who is Kevin Durant's business partner, a Knicks fan, and is close to Knicks president Steve Mills -- is pushing for the Knicks to hire Jackson.
The Knicks have reportedly wrapped up their interviews and are nearing a decision on who their next head coach will be.
Jackson, a 53-year-old Brooklyn native, was the head coach of the Warriors from 2011 until 2014, when he was fired after the season. While the head coach of the Warriors, Jackson led the team to a 230-121 record, but never advanced past the second round of the playoffs.
During his playing career, Jackson had two stints with the Knicks (1987 to 1992, and the 2001-02 season).
Along with Jackson, the Knicks interviewed David Fizdale, Mike Budenholzer, David Blatt, Mike Brown, Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Woodson, Kenny Smith, and James Borrego for their vacant head coaching position.