The biggest storyline surrounding the New York Knicks is the current head coaching search, but that looks to be all but over.
After interviewing 11 different candidates, the New York Knicks are convening and making their final decision on who will be taking over as head coach. Here is the current list of candidates:
- David Blatt
- Mark Jackson
- David Fizdale
- Jerry Stackhouse
- James Borrego
- Mike Budenholzer
- Kenny Smith
- Mike Woodson
- Juwan Howard
- Jay Larranaga
- Mike Brown
Team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry have certainly done their due diligence—that’s an awful phrase, I know—but it’s not completely clear who is the frontrunner for the gig.
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the three frontrunners are Fizdale, Stackhouse, and Blatt, with Budenholzer likely to take on the Milwaukee job.
Feeling around the league is Fizdale, Blatt and Stackhouse. Budenholzer probably to Milwaukee.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) May 2, 2018
Take that with a grain of salt because the Knicks have done a pretty good job thus far of playing this thing close to the chest. I’m not saying that they are going to shock everyone and go with a candidate straight out of left field, but you really never know. The decision should be made sometime this week.
Kawhi to NY?
Reports are circulating saying that embattled Spurs star Kawhi Leonard may want to play in a bigger market. As of now, these reports are pure speculation, but there’s no bigger market in the world. Kawhi and Kristaps Porzingis suiting up alongside one another is certainly interesting but for now, it’s nothing more than a pipe dream. It’s something to keep an eye on, but nothing to get your hopes up over—yet.
Carmelo Doesn’t Come Off The Bench
In classic Carmelo Anthony selflessness, the former Knick refuses to hear any talk regarding him taking on a bench role next season. Despite the fact that he would be much better suited coming off the bench, Melo is defiant in his stance that he’s a starter. Anyone with eyes and an elementary level knowledge of basketball could see that. Everyone except one guy.
ESNY’s own Robby Sabo dives deeper into Melo’s refusal to take on a different role at this late stage of his career.