The Knicks are reportedly considering an absurd strategy for their coaching vacancy

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Derek Fisher Fired as Knicks Coach

Perhaps more than free agency, the New York Knicks' biggest offseason story will be who they hire as their next head coach.

Derek Fisher was thought to be the coach of his future, but the Knicks fired him in February, citing a lack of communication and dedication to Phil Jackson's vision.

Since then, assistant coach Kurt Rambis has taken on head-coaching duties. The Knicks have gone 5-9 under Rambis.

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The Knicks will have a decision to make, and Jackson will be in charge of that decision. Reports have indicated that Jackson would like to make a hire from his coaching tree to help install the triangle offense with the Knicks, making Brian Shaw and Luke Walton frequently mentioned candidates.

However, according to a report from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Knicks could also be considering a more creative, but wonky direction — one in which Jackson coaches home games and Rambis coaches away games. Shelbourne noted that Jackson once proposed this when he was with the Lakers, and it was quickly shot down.

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The Knicks are reportedly considering an absurd strategy for their coaching vacancy
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson takes questions from reporters, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at the team's practice facility in Elmsford, N.Y. Jackson earlier fired Knicks coach Derek Fisher, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was promoted to interim head coach. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson takes questions from reporters, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at the team's practice facility in Elmsford, N.Y. Jackson earlier fired Knicks coach Derek Fisher, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Jackson hired his former player in June 2014 shortly after Fisher ended his playing career. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, left, sits next to Phil Jackson, right, president of the New York Knicks, during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson participates in a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new coach on Tuesday, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his trustiest former players. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson watches his team play the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA summer league basketball game Friday, July 11, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Phil Jackson smiles as he is introduced as the new president of the New York Knicks, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player with the Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier, left, joins Phil Jackson, the newly named president of the Knicks, at a news conference Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Frazier and Jackson are former teammates with the Knicks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this June 3, 2009 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson answers question during a news conference after practice for Game 1 of the NBA final basketball series in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony says he has heard that 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson will be "coming on board" in a leadership capacity with the New York Knicks, though cautioned that nothing is yet official. Anthony made the comments Wednesday, March 12, 2014, to reporters in Boston, where the Knicks are playing the Celtics.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson looks on as the Lakers play the New York Knicks during the second half in an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, in Los Angeles. The Knicks won 107-106. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)
Chicago Bulls' coach Phil Jackson walks dejectedly on the sidelines during the fourth period of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals at New York's Madison Square Garden, May 11, 1994, after the Knicks stole the lead from the Bulls for the second time in two consecutive playoff games. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Chicago Bulls' coach Phil Jackson tries to orchestrate a win for his team as they play the New York Knicks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in New York's Madison Square Garden, May 22, 1994. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
FILE - In this 1971 file photo, New York Knicks' Phil Jackson poses for a photo. Jackson has returned to the New York Knicks as their team president. The Knicks announced Jackson's hiring Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at a news conference in the lobby of Madison Square Garden, where a giant sign reading "Welcome Home Phil" was overhead and shirts with the No. 18 Jackson wore as a player lined the racks in the merchandise store. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this undated file photo, New York Knicks' Phil Jackson warms up for an NBA basketball game. Jackson will be introduced as the newest member of the New York Knicks' front office Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the team. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Friday, March 14, 2014, because the Knicks would only confirm that a "major announcement" involving team executives was scheduled. (AP Photo/File)
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Jackson, of course, is one of the most successful head coaches of all time, but hasn't coached since 2011. Naturally, there's always been talk of Jackson coming down from his front-office position to coach the Knicks, but at 70 years old, with a history of health issues, it's always been unlikely. Jackson's body wouldn't be able to handle the rigors of an NBA season. Even Carmelo Anthony said that Jackson's coaching days are over.

However, by having Jackson coach home games, he could stay in New York, while Rambis travels with the team for away games. It would be significantly less strenuous for Jackson's body.

It's unclear how much traction this idea actually has, but for Shelbourne to mention it, it means the Knicks have at least considered it. While the idea of Jackson coaching the team part-time may be appealing, it's an unrealistic, and likely, unwise idea.

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Teams thrive on consistency and culture, and forcing players to operate under two different head coaches throughout the season would undermine those values — values Jackson himself preaches. While Jackson and Rambis would run the same type of system, forcing players to listen to two types of voices, with two (likely) different practice and communication methods would probably be more of a hassle for everyone involved.

Though it's likely tempting for Jackson to try and get involved, his coaching days are over, and he would be undermining his own mission by trying to split coaching duties while also running the team.

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