Chris Fleming, who is Jim Boylen’s deputy head coach, is on the list of potential interviews for the Knicks coaching job, as reported for the first time by SNY’s Ian Begley.
Fleming, hired by Boylen last summer, has extensive coaching experience in Germany, including for that country’s national team. He was also an NBA assistant with nets and nuggets; worked with Bulls’ new executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas at the last stop.
There is widespread speculation across the NBA that former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is the front-runner to get the Knicks’ job. New Knicks president Leon Rose has been close to Thibodeau for years.
Current interim coach Mike Miller, former Knicks coach Mike Woodson, former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson – for whom Fleming worked in Brooklyn – and 76ers assistant coach Ime Udkoa are other candidates that Rose should interview , according to several reports.
Karnisovas and the new Bulls general manager Marc Eversley have been in close communication with the Bulls’ technical staff as the new regime continues to evaluate all departments. Like Boylen, Fleming still has two years in his deal with the Bulls.