Phil Jackson has called on one of New York's own to gauge interest in guiding the team's rebuilding process from the sidelines. A source close to the situation told me on Monday that Jackson has reached out to former Golden State Warriors head coach and Knicks point guard Mark Jackson to discuss the Knicks head coaching position.

In what was termed a "generic initial discussion," the Knicks president is exploring several options and plans on interviewing more than a few candidates for the position including Mark Jackson, the former St. John's grad and 1987 Rookie of the Year. Mark Jackson currently is an analyst with ESPN.

I reached out to the Knicks for a comment, but they had not heard anything about this conversation.

It has been widely reported that Phil Jackson preferred to keep Kurt Rambis as head coach, but I'm told the process of filling the current vacancy is "still wide open," with Rambis also as a viable candidate.