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New York Knicks Coaching Search: Breaking Down the Main Candidates

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By Tommy Rothman

As you may have heard, the Knicks need a coach. Phil Jackson’s top target, Steve Kerr, recently took a job with the Warriors, leaving the Zen Master hanging. So who will the Knicks turn to next? Here is a breakdown of the candidates who have been linked to the Knicks in some way over the past few months, as well as some other guys who could conceivably enter the picture.

The Big Names

Jeff Van Gundy

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WHY: Had success coaching the Knicks in the 90s, well-respected in the league, would be a very popular hire.

WHY NOT: Has never worked with Phil, no reports indicate that Jackson is considering bringing him aboard.

Mark Jackson

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WHY: Former Knicks star would be welcomed at MSG, did a solid job coaching the Warriors, still young enough to adjust to Phil. Has reportedly been added to Phil’s list as a candidate. Melo reportedly would like to play for him.

WHY NOT: Has never worked with Phil, doesn’t run the Triangle (yet), has a job with ESPN, reportedly clashed with management in Golden State.

 

George Karl

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WHY: Was the Coach of the Year in 2013 before being fired by Denver, has won over 1,000 games.

WHY NOT: Has blasted the Knicks publicly in recent years, his arrival would almost certainly send Carmelo Anthony elsewhere.

 

Tom Thibodeau

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WHY: Considered one of the game’s elite coaches, would transform the Knicks defensively, bring an instant culture change.

WHY NOT: Under contract with Chicago; the Knicks would likely have to provide draft pick or player compensation to the Bulls.

 

Lionel Hollins

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WHY: Led Memphis to the Western Conference Finals in 2013.

WHY NOT: Seems to have a weak reputation in coaching circles despite his success.

Doc Rivers:

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WHY: One of the best leaders in the league, a creative mind with the clipboard . Could leave LA in wake of Sterling scandal.

WHY NOT: With Sterling likely on the way out, he’s probably not going anywhere.

 

Phil Jackson

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WHY: The most decorated coach in NBA history, instantly brings legitimacy to the team. The job is his if he wants it.

WHY NOT: Has repeatedly said that he is done coaching, in part because of his health.

Jerry Sloan

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WHY: Legendary coach who manned the helm for the Jazz for 22 years. Has been linked to the Knicks on occasion.

WHY NOT: Might not be interested in coaching again, and probably wouldn’t make any adjustments for Phil.

John Calipari

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WHY: One of the most successful coaches in the NCAA.

WHY NOT: Seems unlikely to ditch his comfortable position in Kentucky for the NBA.

 

The Triangle Guys

Brian Shaw

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WHY: Deep knowledge of the Triangle, did a solid job in Denver, might be interested in working for his old coach.

WHY NOT: Under contract in Denver (although they might let him out), not the flashiest name.

 

Derek Fisher

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WHY: Has led championship teams on the court running the triangle and has more formal leadership experience as the former head of the NBAPA. One of Jackson’s best Triangle pupils, will retire at the end of the season.

WHY NOT: Has no actual coaching experience. Lakers might steal him away.

 

Scottie Pippen

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WHY: Won 6 championships running the Triangle on Jackson’s Bulls, Knicks have reportedly shown interest.

WHY NOT: Has no coaching experience and isn’t considered a major candidate. Could still come aboard as an assistant.

 

Kurt Rambis

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WHY: Has a close relationship with Jackson and solid knowledge of the Triangle.

WHY NOT: Poor coaching record up to this point would make him an ugly hire. More suited for an assistant position.

 

Mike Dunleavy Sr.

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WHY: Veteran NBA coach who has reportedly interviewed for the job. Has used elements of the Triangle despite never playing for Phil.

WHY NOT: Again, has never played for Phil. Ran into legal trouble a few years back. Lakers could pursue him.

 

Luke Walton:

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WHY: Knows the triangle, his name was reportedly thrown around by Knicks executives.

WHY NOT: Hiring him would be a PR disaster, not a strong candidate.

 

Tyronn Lue

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WHY: Knows the triangle well, probably a better candidate than Walton.

WHY NOT: Still doesn’t have much going for him, hiring him would be a surprise.

 

Metta World Peace

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WHY: Knows the Triangle.

WHY NOT: Is only in this article to help me make the point that knowing the Triangle does not necessarily make a good coach.

 

The Wild Card

Patrick Ewing

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WHY: Knicks legend, would be welcomed at the Garden, should have been given a chance years ago.

WHY NOT: Has a job as an assistant in Charlotte, so the Knicks might have blown their chance. Has never played for Phil. Would be better suited as an assistant than an assistant coach in NY.

 

In all likelihood, one of these men will be the next coach of the New York Knicks. My money at this point is on Fisher, although I am hoping for JVG or Mark Jackson.

And oh yeah, here’s a meme:

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-Tommy Rothman

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BREAKING: DOC RIVERS TRADED TO CLIPPERS, PAUL TO STAY IN LA?

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The Clippers and Celtics have agreed upon a trade that will send Celtics coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles. Details are still being released, but it appears that in exchange for their highly acclaimed coach, Boston will receive a 2015 first-round pick. Sources have suggested that this deal will highly increase (and some have even used the word “guarantee”) the chances that Chris Paul will stay with the Clippers. -Tommy Rothman

 

BREAKING: CLIPPERS, CELTICS ON VERGE OF BLOCKBUSTER TRADE, HOWARD TO GET INVOVLED?

According to sources (including ESPN and Yahoo’s famous “Woj”, the best source in the business), the Clippers and Celtics are “deep in talks” on a blockbuster trade. The trade would send Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers (who would be released from his contract so that he could sign with Los Angeles) to the Clippers. It is not yet confirmed what Boston would be getting, but reports suggest that they would get DeAndre Jordan and 2 first-round picks. Some sources say that Celtics GM reportedly wants Eric Bledsoe in the deal, which is the last hurdle to be cleared before the trade is completed. It appears that Paul Pierce may be bought out so that he can sign with the Clippers as part of the package. Again, all that we know right now is that Rivers and Garnett, and POSSIBLY Pierce, would be heading to “Lob City”. It appears that Jordan and picks will be going to the Celtics. If Boston can get Bledsoe in the package as well, this becomes a fantastic deal for the Celtics. More to come.

UPDATE: Clippers looking to keep Bledsoe so that they can keep open the possibility of packaging Bledsoe and Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard (ESPN)

-Tommy Rothman

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