Recently, Shams Charania of The Athletics, reported that Philadelphia 76ers assistant Ime Udoka will be interviewed for the New York Knicks coaching job. While there are only a few head coaching positions available for the offseason, it would be wise for Udoka to refuse the Knicks’ opening if it wasn’t his only option.
The Knicks aren’t the only team interested in Udoka as a candidate for a vacancy as head coach. If the Chicago Bulls pass by coach Jim Boylen, Udoka is the main candidate for that position.
Udoka isn’t currently at the top of the Knicks list but it’s for the Bulls. Going to a place that wants you more is important, however, the Knicks are a much more unattractive job than the Bulls at this point.
Beyond a plethora of draft choices, the Knicks do not have a young and solid core outside of RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson. Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina all seem to have failed at this point.
The young core of the bulls is much more promising. Coby White, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen are expected to have a bright future in the NBA. The Bulls are only a couple of players away from developing into a promising young team, while the Knicks are still in the early stages of their reconstruction.
This does not even include the fact that Chicago has a stronger structure and honestly better reputation than the Knicks. New York owner James Dolan has failed several times in his role in both putting a product on the field and how he handles situations. Bull ownership has a much better track record.
Both teams have new front offices, but they differ because the Knicks have a former agent Leon Rose who manages things and the Bulls have basketball players in their front offices such as Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley. Udoka should want a front office with experience in putting together a list and Chicago has it.