Knicks Plan To Reach Out To Jay Wright

As part of their search for a new head coach, the Knicks intend to reach out to Villanova’s Jay Wright, a source close to the team tell Frank Isola of The New York Daily News. According to that source, members of the Knicks’ management group view Wright as an ideal candidate to lead the club’s rebuild. However, it will be difficult to pry him away from a great situation in Villanova, where he has won two national championships in the last three years.

“He told me years ago that he wanted to make Villanova into the Duke of the Northeast,” a person close to Wright told Isola. “It would take a lot for him to leave.”

Wright himself told Dana O’Neil of The Athletic just this week that he’s intrigued by the NBA, but can’t himself leaving Villanova, so any team interested in hiring him would likely need to make him its top target and blow him away with an offer.

Reports in the wake of Jeff Hornacek‘s dismissal late last night indicated that the Knicks also plan to contact Jerry Stackhouse, Mark Jackson, David Blatt, and David Fizdale about their newly-created job opening.

Here’s a little more on the Knicks’ coaching situation:

  • There’s no shortage of ideas from media members for the next Knicks head coach — Ian Begley of ESPN, Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, Marc Berman of The New York Post, and Al Iannazzone of Newsday all share lists of potential targets for the club.
  • According to Begley (Twitter link), multiple current Knicks players would be in favor of the team hiring Jeff Van Gundy. Begley adds that one coach with ties to Van Gundy believes the ABC analyst would have interest in the job if approached by the team.
  • As Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News details, Knicks forward Michael Beasley felt that constant speculation about Hornacek’s job security put the head coach in a bad spot. “You get into a position where you’€™re doing things not to mess up,” Beasley said. “You’€™re thinking not to mess up, but at the end of the day you’€™re still thinking messing up. It’€™s tough but he played the hand he was dealt.”
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5 thoughts on “Knicks Plan To Reach Out To Jay Wright

  1. Dionis

    This man will be gold for Frank’s career. He would be the ideal coach for Ntilikina.

  2. Rob B.

    It would take a boat-load of money to lure Wright from ‘Nova. And I think Wright has shown in recent years, that he’s not about just the money. It would have to be a really good situation for him to leave. And the Knicks are about as far away from a “really good situation” as an NBA team could possibly be. Nothing to see here, move along.

    • Dionis

      How is it a bad situation when Ntilikina and Porzingis are on the Knicks? That’s two building blocks plus they have a top 10 pick coming this coming summer, they are far away from a bad situation.

    • oriolesravenstimberwolves04

      He also may very well desire to also be president of basketball operations.

  3. padam

    This was my number one choice/preference. I’m surprised it’s even being considered considering current management. If they close this selection for coach, I’ll once again have hope.

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