Mark Jackson may not have won the race to become the Knicks' 29th head coach in team history. But he thinks New York made a great choice in the end.
The former Knicks turned ESPN analyst was one of the top candidate for the Knicks' job this offseason. However, the team decided to go with former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, a choice Jackson said was "outstanding."
"Nah. The only things for me, they have an outstanding coach in Fizdale, quality guys, class guys running it in [team president] Steve (Mills) and [GM] Scott (Perry), and I wish them nothing but the very best," Jackson told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It was a heck of an opportunity, and I wish them nothing but the very best."
Jackson appeared to be the fan favorite for the job given his history with the team. He was chosen 18th overall by the Knicks back in 1987, and he rewarded that pick becoming the NBA Rookie of the Year during his first season. He spent five more seasons with the Knicks before joining the Clippers in 1992.
Overall, Jackson averaged 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists during his time in New York.
As a coach, Jackson began the Warriors rebuild when he was brought in during the 2011 season. He would lead the team to a 23-43 record in his first season, but made playoff bids in 2013 and 2014.