According to reports, the New York Knicks plan to interview Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. He is the latest candidate in what is becoming a crowded field.
The New York Knicks head coaching search continues to expand. After recently withdrawing his name from consideration for the Phoenix Suns job, it looks like Budenholzer will interview with the Knicks as per reports from Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Budenholzer joins a head coaching list that includes David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, David Blatt, Jerry Stackhouse, Kenny Smith, and Mike Woodson. If nothing else, the organization is casting a very wide net and doing their due diligence.
Budenholzer would be an interesting candidate for the Knicks due to his familiarity with one of the highest paid Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. played for Budenholzer during his stint in Atlanta, where he developed into the player that the Knicks felt was worth $71 million. The former Coach of the Year could be key to Hardaway’s continued development into a viable second option.
Budenholzer has been with Atlanta since 2013 and is clearly looking for a new opportunity. He manned the sidelines during some very successful regular seasons in Atlanta, but could never get his teams over the hump. The Hawks did advance to the Conference Finals in 2015 before ultimately getting swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Despite Budenholzer not having the same name recognition of the other candidates on the Knicks’ list, he very well could be the best of the bunch.
The head coaching search continues to expand and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. At this point, there are multiple candidates who can get the job done in New York. At this point, it’s up to Mills and Perry to choose the best candidate.