The Knicks decided to go into chaos earlier than usual this year.
After losing the team 129-92 to the winner on Thursday, the Knicks eventually dropped coach David Fizdale after weeks of speculation about his job security, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. New York also rejected assistant coach Keith Smart, per Wojnarowski.
Fizdale ends his New York tenure with a record of 21-83 and deserves some of the responsibility, but it’s not the only reason why the organization has no direction. The Nicks have employed six different coaches during this decade and are poised to lose the playoffs for a seventh season. Lack of success always starts at the top with owner James Dolan.
Chairman Steve Mills, General Manager Scott Perry and Dolan needed a guy to drop, but Fizdale showed the door. Who could take his place at Madison Square Garden?
Mike Miller and Pat Sullivan (interim coach)
In the short term, Miller and Sullivan are the top candidates to end the 2019-20 season, according to Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. It is unclear whether Miller or Sullivan will have the chance to win the job on a permanent basis.
The former Warriors coach was considered a top contender after the Knicks’ Jeff Hornacek was launched in 2018. Jackson played 500 games as a point guard for the Nicks during a 17-year NBA career, so he is familiar with the New York base.
Jackson helped turn the Golden State and establish a defensive identity, but the Warriors did not emerge as a juggernaut until Steve Kerr took over and upgraded the offense. Jackson has gained the respect of his players, which will be important as the Knicks try to develop youngsters like RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and Mitchell Robinson. However, there are concerns about his ability to build relationships out of the closet.
“One part was that he couldn’t meet anyone else in the organization,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said of the decision to shoot Jackson. “And look, he did a great job and I will always congratulate him in many ways, but you can’t have 200 people in the organization not like you.”
Stackhouse was also in the running for the job before the Knicks hired Fizdale in 2018. The two-time All-Star shooting coach got some training experience with the G League Raptors 905 and eventually opened the door to become the men’s basketball coach. Vanderbilt.
It may not be a realistic match, as Stackhouse signed a long-term deal with Vanderbilt in April and said he was ready to “anchor” but the Knicks would be wise to at least measure his interest.
Yes, Blatt bagged the Lebron James Cavs, despite traveling to the 2015 NBA Finals and a 30-11 record before ending 2016. Blatt’s jokes about Cleveland are easily ignored by him brought him to coach for a franchise in the midst of a remodeling before James decided to return to his home country and not with the championship’s ambitions. The Knicks certainly fit into the former category.
Blatt could win a call because of his relationship with Mills, who played with Blatt at Princeton from 1978-1981.
“Steve tried to hire Blatt twice,” a Knicks source told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News in 2018. “He really likes coaching, the question is whether Steve will hire him now? I don’t know if he wants to to be out there. “
The biggest obstacle is Blatt’s health. He left as coach of the Greek club Olympiacos in October two months after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. At first he was planning to continue training, but it would be perfectly understandable if the 60-year-old chose retirement and not the stress that comes with this position.
The TNT analyst is far behind other goals in the coaching experience, but Smith confirmed that he interviewed the Knicks for 2018. He is clearly excited about the idea of being an NBA coach.
“The 18 years I have been at TNT have prepared me for many opportunities and coaching is one of them,” Smith told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “Preparing and pooling information, relationships, from players to everything. Players coaching assistant coaches, from college basketball, to making the Final Four, AAU teams – every item I’ve covered has been prepared for more direction … coaching is definitely on the list of posts. “
He’s not a ready winner falling into Smith’s lap, so he should really consider whether he is ready to leave one of the best concerts in basketball. It shouldn’t be at the top of New York’s list, but don’t be surprised if it lands on another interview.