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Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 2/8/16

Nine losses in 10 games were enough to cost Knicks head coach Derek Fisher his job this morning. Kurt Rambis was named to the position on an interim basis and is expected to remain there for the rest of the season. What happens beyond that is anyone’s guess.

Team president Phil Jackson told reporters that Rambis will get a “real shot” to prove himself worthy as staying on as coach, but other potential candidates have been emerging all day. One is Warriors assistant Luke Walton, who guided Golden State to the league’s best record while head coach Steve Kerr was on medical leave. Walton signed today with the Wasserman Media group to be his representative in upcoming negotiations, as several teams are expected to have interest in him.

Former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, who has connections with Jackson from their days with the Lakers, is another candidate, along with Jeff Hornacek, who was fired by the Suns last week. Ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, always a hot candidate among free agent coaches, reportedly wants his next job to be in New York. Other names to watch out for, according to Bernie Augustine of The New York Daily News, include former Knicks star center Patrick Ewing, ex-Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Clippers mentor Vinny Del Negro and possibly even one-time Knicks coach and executive Isiah Thomas, a favorite of owner James Dolan.

Fisher reportedly didn’t adhere strongly enough to the triangle offense and didn’t clearly spell out to players what their roles were. There was also talk of a split on the coaching staff with veterans Rambis and Jim Cleamons on one side with Brian Keefe and Joshua Longstaff on the other.

Jackson didn’t offer many clues as to what he’s looking for in his next coach, but it clearly has to be someone who can develop rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis while producing a contender that is still built around 13-year veteran Carmelo Anthony. Those two will be building blocks for whomever takes over the Knicks, but Jackson admitted that the rest of the roster still needs work, according to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post“Do we sit in a really favorable spot? Probably not,” Jackson said today. “We don’t have a tremendous amount of favorable items that are on our roster.”

That brings me to today’s shootaround topic: Who should be the head coach of the Knicks next season? Do you expect Rambis to prove himself over the next two months or will the franchise go in a different direction? Would a defensive-minded coach like Thibodeau be the best answer or maybe Walton, who has shown he can win with a modern-day offense? Should they go after a coach with experience or take a chance on a popular former player like Ewing?

Please be mindful of our commenting policy, and share your thoughts in the comments section below. We look forward to what you have to say.

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8 thoughts on “Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 2/8/16

  1. Gucci7383

    Luke walton because he has ties to phil and would excite the fan base. Phil wont touch tibbs or mark Jackson.

    • What would anybody be excited about Walton, he’s not Kevin Durant. The knicks need a real coach someone with experience like Tom thibbs they need someone who’s already seasons not someone just starting you can’t tell someone with Lil experience to fix something when you can ask someone who already knows exactly what to do

  2. Jackyson Bazile

    I would love to see tibbs as our next coach.

  3. I’d love to c thibbs…I’d really like mark Jackson but we all know he’s too head strong for phil…the Isaiah talks need to stop!!!

  4. I don’t see Thibbs being a fit unless Jackson is willing to let the coach create and run the system rather than trying to force the coach to run the triangle. If Jackson wants to run the triangle so bad he should just make himself coach.

  5. Actionjackson

    Rambis will do a fine job. We don’t need a rookie head coach or anymore drama. We need a pg and center. Move afflalo and start Langston at SG. zinger needs to improve his help defense as well.

  6. Stop the insanity. You take the entire list and compare to Thibodeau and it’s not even close. Can we stop reinventing the wheel and make a good basketball decision.

  7. Arthur Hill

    We’ll see how badly Thibodeau really wants to be the Knicks head coach when it means answering to another coach [Jackson] in the front office.

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