Knicks, Kenny Atkinson to improve the team

After 22 games – and a 4-18 – the season begins, the Knicks choose to separate from David Fizdale. Interim manager Mike Miller did a good job with the team (leading them to a record of 17-27). However, the Knicks are highly unlikely to elect to retain Miller as head coach.

New York is likely to begin a large-scale search for their next coach, with Miller as a possible candidate. One candidate that the team is expected to pursue vigorously is Kenny Atkinson, who parted ways with the Brooklyn Nets a few days before the NBA began his break.

Atkinson spent three and a half seasons with Nets and helped lead them to post season once, and he was well on his way to doing it again this season before he was fired.

Atkinson helped develop his role in a playoff team, even before Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant arrived last summer. Atkinson would have been an excellent rental for the Knicks and even before his layoff, he was considered one of the rising coaches of the NBA. The Knicks should skip this opportunity everywhere.