Knicks Consider David Blatt For Coaching Job

The Knicks are giving David Blatt consideration for their head coaching job, sources tell Ian Begley of Team president Phil Jackson has a favorable view of the former Cavaliers coach who played with Knicks GM Steve Mills at Princeton, according to Begley. Interim head coach Kurt Rambis remains a strong candidate to win the removal of his interim tag, but Jackson plans to do his due diligence and consider others, league sources tell Begley.

Jackson has reportedly been pulling for Rambis from the start of his interim gig, and Begley and ESPN colleague Marc Stein reported just last week that Jackson was pushing for Rambis to get a long-term deal as head coach. However, owner James Dolan is reportedly researching potential front office replacements for Jackson, and Rambis hasn’t distinguished himself with a 9-18 mark since taking over on the bench.

A wide-ranging search would seemingly be the preference of Carmelo Anthony, who’s said he’d like Jackson to at least listen to other candidates for the head coaching job. Sources recently indicated to Marc Berman of the New York Post that former head coach Derek Fisher drew more respect from Knicks players than Rambis does.

Blatt didn’t always have command of the locker room in Cleveland, where his relationship with LeBron James was a matter of close scrutiny. Blatt’s camp believes James was the sole catalyst for the team’s coaching change from Blatt to Tyronn Lue earlier this season, as TNT’s David Aldridge reported.

In any case, Blatt comes to the table with a much more impressive record than Rambis has. The Cavs made the finals last summer under Blatt’s watch and went 83-40 overall during his tenure. Rambis is 65-163 all-time as an NBA head coach, though with decidedly less talent on his rosters. Blatt, the former Russian national team coach, also figures to be a candidate for the head coaching job of the Russian-owned Nets, who have an interim coach of their own in Tony Brown.

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7 thoughts on “Knicks Consider David Blatt For Coaching Job

  1. Z-A

    Is it just people outside of the Knicks brass that see their whole team and situation is ridiculous? Step 1 hire a guy that wants to be there not Phil who thinks he should be in LA, Step 2 get whatever you can for Carmelo, Step 3 hire an actual basketball coach.

    • Jeremy

      i wouldnt want phil in LA. lakers had to deal with scott for 2 years we dont need another coach who wont do anything. fisher smart but might of not been ready, shaw lost the respect of his players so he a no and i wouldnt want a losing coach in kurt. unless he would hire walton i wouldnt want phil .

  2. Guest

    With Rambis not getting ever player’s respect (Afflalo especially) along with his career coaching record (almost 100 games under .500), it’s crazy Phil is even considering bringing him back. Any coach sounds better than Rambis at this point, so either Blatt or Thibs would be the better hire. Of course, they need a starting PG and possibly a starting SG should Afflalo leave.

    • Arthur Hill

      New York could get the interest of any coach out there. They’re letting down their fans if they stick with Rambis.

    • Jeremy

      well phil a guy that want people he likes and could run a offense he want. instead of getting a offense that fit the roster they have. i love phil as a coach but to be honest he doesnt see too smart when it comes to working in the front office.

      • Jeremy

        sure he got rid of big contracts that the knicks didnt need , but what he done since then nothing really

  3. Dolan has to get rid of Phil Jackson, this guy make the franchise ridiculous. I wouldn’t expect that from him. He has too much ego, actually he is seeing himself rather than the Knicks.

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