What has long been rumored after the Knicks were shut down by their first choice, Steve Kerr, should come to fruition according to sources of Marc Stein at ESPN.
Sources told ESPN.com that new Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fully focused on Fisher since Steve Kerr unexpectedly decided to take the Golden State Warriors' job, when Jackson and essentially the whole league believed Kerr was bound for New York.
One source close to the talks said Monday that "things could take shape quickly in the early part of the week." The Knicks, though, are approaching this serious stage of talks with a hint of trepidation after the seemingly inevitable hiring of Kerr unraveled.
"Everyone felt that Kerr was a done deal too," another source cautioned. "Only Phil knows."
After the bottom fell out in the Kerr talks, it seems like Jackson is dotting every I and crossing each T to make sure no setbacks occur this time. The only hang-up could be if Fisher wants to continue playing, but from all indications, he will accept the job and the Knicks will make it official sometime this week.
From here the Knicks can work on assembling a team that fits the mold of Jackson and Fisher's vision.
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