The Knicks teaching search is the most important storyline within the NBA that doesn’t contain the playoffs or a playoff group proper now. As a result of New York is out there it’s and has the cash it does, the Knicks determine to be the primary domino to fall among the many NBA’s varied teaching searches as a result of, from a monetary standpoint, no job provides extra.
Milwaukee would be the most coveted job, however they’re nonetheless enjoying for an additional week not less than and New York will nearly assuredly be probably the most profitable job crammed this summer time. So for now, they’ve the eye of candidates like David Fizdale, Jerry Stackhouse, Mark Jackson, David Blatt, and, sure, Mike Woodson who’re all reportedly scheduled for interviews quickly. Stackhouse and Fizdale are each extremely wanted, so different groups must compete with a possible New York supply for both of their providers, and Jackson appears to at all times pop up this time of yr round teaching vacancies.
One title that was floated early on as a chance for the Knicks has quietly pale out of competition, as Jackson’s fellow ESPN analyst and former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy has acquired no actual curiosity from the group, in response to ESPN’s Ian Begley.
As Begley notes in his story, group president Steve Mills has harped on the following coach of the Knicks needing to have the ability to relate to “at present’s gamers.” For a coach that hasn’t been within the league for properly over a decade, it’s comprehensible to query if Van Gundy can be that man.
That stated, one of many causes Van Gundy has discovered himself as extra of a reputable candidate this yr than regular (when he’s nearly at all times thrown out as a “potential candidate” every offseason) is his efficiency with Workforce USA in World Cup qualifying and the FIBA AmeriCup final yr with gamers that have been all from the G League.
It seems, although, that Van Gundy will proceed to spend time within the sales space somewhat than on the bench, not less than on the subject of his former group.
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