SAN FRANCISCO — Carmelo Anthony believes that Kurt Rambis should be a candidate to coach the Knicks next season, but not the only one.
Team president Phil Jackson came out in support of Rambis last week, saying he believes he’s fully capable of leading the Knicks going forward. Anthony believes Jackson should also interview other people.
“I think you consider Kurt at that job,” Anthony said after the Knicks practiced Tuesday at Oracle Arena. “He brought Kurt here for that reason if anything was to happen and the situation is here for him now. I think it’s just more of seeing how Kurt handles the situation right now, how the team does, how the team responds to Kurt. But I think you still have to go out there and at least listen to other candidates out there.”
The Knicks, who face the NBA champion Warriors Wednesday night, are 5-9 since Jackson fired Derek Fisher and appointed Rambis interim coach.
The biggest coaching names available include Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Scott Brooks, but they may not get an interview because Jackson is not close to them.
Jackson has said he wants to hire a coach that runs the triangle system, making Rambis, Luke Walton and Brian Shaw likely candidates. Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who runs the Princeton offense and is a former college teammate of Knicks general manager Steve Mills, is a dark horse candidate.
Jackson isn’t a candidate, however.
“Phil ain’t coaching no more, man,” Anthony said. “So let’s kill that rumor. Phil ain’t coaching no more.”
An ESPN.com report said there has been talk of Jackson coaching the home games next season and Rambis the road games as a way to keep Rambis coach. But Rambis denied that has been discussed and said Jackson hasn’t expressed an interest in a return to coaching.
“I don’t think that,” Rambis said. “Coaching is a grind. I don’t see him. He’s never given me an indication that he wants to go through that again.”
Rambis said he and Jackson talked about the home-road scenario when they were together with the Lakers, but nothing ever materialized.
“Not with the Knicks,” Rambis said. “It was a what-if scenario. It never even got close to being something that was realistic.”
Anthony, who has played for four coaches since 2012, is looking for more stability. Having a different coach for home and road games is not something he would support.
“No. No. No. I don’t think that should be accepted,” Anthony said. “I wouldn’t accept that if that was the case.”
Anthony doesn’t believe Jackson, who has won 11 rings coaching the Bulls and Lakers, should return to the bench anyway.
“Phil is cool, man,” Anthony said. “He doesn’t need to be on the sidelines no more. He put so many years into this game. He’s cool. He doesn’t need to be on the sideline. I don’t think he’s thinking about coming back down on the sideline. I hope not. Let him ride on out. Let him sit out and be the president.
“How old is he, 70 years old? He actually looks pretty good for his age. But he doesn’t want to deal with not just the game of basketball but the strenuous schedule and having to mentally get focused for games and prepared for players and prepared for teams and sit on the sidelines. I don’t think he wants to deal with that.”
Notes & quotes: Kristaps Porzingis, who missed Sunday’s game against the Lakers with a stomach illness, said he felt better and expects to play Wednesday night, but he was held out of part of practice.