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The Knicks will miss the playoffs for the third straight season this year and it will mark the second straight time that the team has lost 50 games under team president Phil Jackson.
Carmelo Anthony is not the happiest star in the league right now and he has made it clear that changes need to be made this offseason. The Knicks fired Derek Fisher earlier this season and now reports that suggest that though current interim head coach Kurt Rambis is a strong candidate to land the head coaching job for the team, Jackson will take a look at who else is available.
One of the names he is already said to be looking at is former Cavs head coach David Blatt. This means that Jackson is open to running a team without the triangle offense as Blatt runs the Princeton. The Israeli legend is expected to have many suitors going forward in his career as many feel that he was treated unfairly in Cleveland. Via ESPN:
One of Jackson’s first tasks of the offseason will be to hire a coach.
Rambis remains a strong candidate for the job, but, according to league sources, Jackson plans to do his due diligence in the search and consider other candidates who are available.
One name that the Knicks are considering, according to league sources, is former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt.
Jackson views Blatt favorably, according to sources. It’s also worth noting that Blatt played basketball with Knicks GM Steve Mills at Princeton.
Blatt was fired by the Cavs in January and was replaced by Tyronn Lue.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Jackson considered other candidates outside of Blatt as well, though Rambis is still believed to be one of the top candidates.
The ex-Minnesota Timberwolves coach took over for Derek Fisher in early February and holds a 9-18 record since the move.
Other coaches who will likely be available include Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson and Scott Brooks. It is unclear at this point whether Jackson will consider any of them for New York’s vacancy.