While sources say Jason Kidd thrilled Knicks with “a great interview”, it may not be enough to overthrow Thibodeau, whose relations with Knicks president Leon Rose and senior vice president William Wesley should prove insurmountable. They filmed Thibodeau at the Creative Artists Agency.
The three-hour two-hour interview group with 11 known candidates was completed on Monday, giving Knicks executives some time to sort the data.
Multiple sources claim that this has always been “Thibodeau’s job to lose” – and probably not.
“I think Tom and Leon can bring the Knicks back to 50 wins,” said a championship source. “And the Knicks need wins. Tom has Leon that the key is there. ”
Kidd and Kenny Atkinson are formidable candidates with a lot to offer, but sources believe that long throws remain, unless Thibodeau refuses the job. (In 2014, Steve Kerr accepted a verbal offer to train the Knicks before denying. The team subsequently hired Derek Fisher.)
The Knicks retain the advantage because Thibodeau’s potential suitors – Houston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn – are involved in the Orlando recovery. This gave the Knicks ample time to conduct fact-finding research and get coaching candidates to evaluate their players.