While other teams are competing in the NBA playoffs, the New York Knicks are trying to find the right person to bring them back to the playoffs.
At this point, who isn’t in the running to become head coach for the New York Knicks? Well, Jeff Van Gundy for one, but besides him. With each day, there’s seemingly a new development and another name added to the mix.
Here is the current list of candidates:
- David Blatt
- Mark Jackson
- David Fizdale
- Jerry Stackhouse
- James Borrego
- Mike Budenholzer
- Kenny Smith
- Mike Woodson
Ricky Keeler of ESNY makes a strong case for why David Fizdale should be the one manning the bench in Madison Square Garden next season.
The candidates for head coach are certainly a diverse crowd in terms of experience, age, style, and even name recognition—but there’s one way this search could become more diverse. ESNY’s Justin Birnbaum makes the case for Becky Hammon in New York.
There will be a female head coach in the NBA sooner rather than later. Hammon looks like she checks all the boxes, so why not give her an interview and see what she’s got?
Forgotten Man in Westchester
Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller hasn’t even so much received a mention from the front office despite his success this past season. Miller was named Coach of the Year in the G League and led Westchester to the best regular season record in the G League.
In addition to the on-court success of the team, Miller was certainly a factor in the success of individual players. Trey Burke and Luke Kornet were named to the All-NBA G League Third Team. Both players saw significant time at the NBA level and look like they could become fixtures in the rotation next season.
Not that anyone expects Miller to be a frontrunner for the position, but it seems odd that Mills and Perry won’t at least offer him the opportunity to interview for the job.