Five possible replacements for Phil Jackson

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Newsday's Al Iannazzone looks at five possible replacements for former Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Masai Ujiri

The respected Raptors president assembled playoff teams in
(Credit: AP / Chris Young)

The respected Raptors president assembled playoff teams in Denver and Toronto, with the help of some trades with the Knicks. But Ujiri signed a five-year extension last year so the Knicks likely would have to compensate the Raptors with draft picks.

David Griffin

The former Cavaliers general manager is a free
(Credit: AP / Joshua Gunter)

The former Cavaliers general manager is a free agent after not receiving a contract extension from Cleveland. He helped build teams that went to the NBA Finals three straight years, and would start up the LeBron James to the Knicks speculation if hired.

Jeff Van Gundy

The former Knicks coach recently has been shown
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The former Knicks coach recently has been shown and introduced on the MSG Jumbotron after not being recognized for years. He knows New York, knows the players around the league and what it takes to win.

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John Calipari

His time in the NBA didn't go well,
(Credit: AP / Mark Humphrey)

His time in the NBA didn't go well, but Calipari did put together a playoff team with the Nets. He's a master recruiter and although he's treated like a god in Kentucky he would return to the NBA for the right place and the right price.

Steve Mills

The Knicks GM was running things for six
(Credit: James Escher)

The Knicks GM was running things for six months before Jackson was hired and usually was the one initiating trade calls and talking to agents after Jackson's arrival. Mills was retained and is handling day-to-day operations "for the short term." Maybe longer?

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