Rick Fox won three championships with the Lakers with coach Phil Jackson. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Former Los Angeles Laker and current NBA TV analyst Rick Fox says he is a candidate for the New York Knicks head coaching position.
Fox was being interviewed by NBC Sports Radio when he revealed that he had been in contact with his former coach and current Knicks president Phil Jackson about becoming the head coach in New York, according to Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
"I've been a candidate for a while and what I'm comfortable communicating is that there's really nothing for me to do," Fox said Monday. "Phil has expressed his interest, and the patience for him discovering who is right for that job is left in his court."
In the interview, Fox says he first spoke with Jackson about working together four months ago, and that he would love the opportunity to help return the Knicks to the top of the NBA.
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It has been reported that New York's top target for the opening is another former Laker, Derek Fisher, who met with Jackson about the vacancy last week. Fox played five seasons under Jackson in Los Angeles.
The team originally targeted Steve Kerr to be their next head coach, but the TNT analyst opted to take the same position with the Golden State Warriors instead.