Jackson insists no one has turned down Knicks coaching job


New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has dismissed speculation Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton turned down the chance to take over from Derek Fisher.

Reports Walton told Jackson he was not interested in the Knicks job at this point surfaced on Sunday.

But Jackson was quick to refute those rumours, posting on Twitter: "Press accounts of coaching actions are untrue. Nobody has been asked nobody said no."

Walton should have pick of coaching jobs once the playoffs conclude having led the defending champion Warriors to 39 of their record-breaking 73 regular-season wins while head coach Steve Kerr was sidelined with back problems.

Jackson has already been criticised for saying he would only seriously consider candidates with whom he already has familiarity, a group that includes Kurt Rambis, who took over as Knicks interim coach following Fisher's firing in February.

The 36-year-old Walton fits that key criteria, having played for Jackson during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers but - considering the work he did in leading Golden State through the early part of the season - he figures to be able to find a more stable environment than what he would inherit in New York.