The New York Knicks will return to Madison Square Garden and return to be relevant on the New York sports scene. And one day in the distant future, they could actually compete for their first title since 1973.
It remains to be seen who will train them.
Various reports on Wednesday listed former Minnesota Timberwolves manager Tom Thibodeau and former Brooklyn Nets manager Kenny Atkinson among the favorites, and the fact that Thibodeau was once represented by new Knicks assistant GM Leon Rose should not be discounted.
As Knicks fans wait, they have a new chance to ponder: would Phil Jackson ever return?
The former Bulls and Lakers coach and Knicks president is riding the pandemic at his home in Montana, and anyone who has ever met Jim Dolan would tell you that the chances of a reconciliation between the Knicks owner and Jeanie Buss’s ex-girlfriend they seem to be an impossibility.
But that didn’t stop an offshore sportsbook from publishing 150-1 odds on Jackson by returning to coach the team he led from 2014 to 2017.
The offshore sportsbook sportsbetting.ag has posted the following odds on who will be the Knicks’ next head coach:
Tom Thibodeau -250
Mark Jackson +250
Mike Miller +500
Jeff Van Gundy +1000
Mike Woodson +1200
Kenny Atkinson +1500
Patrick Ewing +2000
Becky Hammon +2500
Pat Riley +7500
Phil Jackson +15000