Top candidates to replace Mike Woodson as Knicks coach

Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr discusses the

Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr discusses the NBA basketball team's acquisition of center Shaquille O'Neal at US Airways Center in Phoenix. on Feb. 6, 2008. (Credit: AP / Matt York)

Six candidates who could succeed Mike Woodson as coach of the Knicks:

STEVE KERR

Former guard won three titles under Phil Jackson with Chicago. Smart, has a complete working knowledge of the triangle offense, remained close with Jackson and wants to get into coaching, so Kerr seems to be the man. The former Suns general manager is an NBA analyst for TNT.

JIM CLEAMONS

An assistant coach on nine of Jackson's 11 title teams and former Mavericks coach. If Kerr is hired, Cleamons, an assistant with the Bucks, could be brought in as an assistant.

KURT RAMBIS

A former coach of the Lakers and Timberwolves, Rambis assisted Jackson on three of his five championship teams with the Lakers. Still an assistant in Los Angeles and might not want to relocate.

DEREK FISHER

Thunder guard could enjoy a long playoff run and Jackson might not want to wait to name a coach, but the five-time champion with the Lakers could find a spot somewhere with the Knicks after his season ends.

BRIAN SHAW

Another Jackson disciple as a player and assistant coach with the Lakers. He just completed his first season as coach of the Nuggets (36-46), and there hasn't been an indication that he would be available.

JEFF VAN GUNDY

After his battles with Jackson from the opposing sideline and the barbs exchanged through the media, they could form a formidable and interesting . . . Eh, never mind.

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