The New York Knicks have been busy looking for a new manager. David Fizdale, who led the team for just over a season, was fired in early December and interim head coach Mike Miller took over for the rest of the campaign.
After multiple rounds of interviews, the Knicks are expected to make a decision later this month, according to a report by SNY’s Ian Begley:
The second round interviews of the Knicks are expected to end in the next few days. It is unclear whether candidates will be asked to interview a third time.
New York plans to make a decision as next manager before July 31, when the NBA will resume its regular season in Orlando.
Former bull and timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is reportedly currently the main candidate for the job, but is facing a lot of competition. The Knicks have interviewed Mike Woodson – who previously coached the team from 2012 to 2014 – for the second time in the past few days, and are also interested in Jason Kidd, Kenny Atkinson and Mike Brown. Miller will also have a chance to earn the job forever.
Other less important candidates include a number of current assistant coaches: Chris Fleming (Bulls), Pat Delany (Magic), Ime Udoka (76ers), Will Hardy (Spurs) and Jamahl Mosely (Mavericks).
Whichever direction they end up, it would be wise to choose a coach with whom they feel comfortable for several seasons. With a young list, two other choices for the first round coming in the NBA 2020 Draft and the protagonist players who clarify that they don’t want to be part of the franchise in free agency, fixing this team will not be a short-term project.
Constantly flipping coaches like they have done in recent years is only making things more difficult for themselves.