The Knicks have completed their interviews for their head coaching vacancy, and will huddle this week to attempt to reach a consensus on Jeff Hornacek‘s replacement, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Woj, the club hopes to have a new head coach hired by the end of the week.
As Wojnarowski details, the Knicks conducted one final interview in addition to the meetings that have already been reported, speaking to Warriors assistant Mike Brown about their head coaching position. That brings New York’s list of reported candidates to 11 names. They are as follows, in alphabetical order:
- David Blatt (former Cavaliers head coach)
- James Borrego (Spurs assistant)
- Mike Brown (Warriors assistant; former Cavaliers head coach)
- Mike Budenholzer (former Hawks head coach)
- David Fizdale (former Grizzlies head coach)
- Juwan Howard (Heat assistant)
- Mark Jackson (ESPN analyst; former Warriors head coach)
- Jay Larranaga (Celtics assistant)
- Kenny Smith (TNT analyst)
- Jerry Stackhouse (Raptors 905 head coach)
- Mike Woodson (Clippers assistant; former Knicks head coach)
Budenholzer and Blatt have generated the most buzz as potential targets for the Knicks, while Fizdale, Stackhouse, and Jackson were initially considered among the club’s top tier as well.
If the Knicks do name a new head coach this week, they’ll likely become the first team to complete a full-fledged search this offseason. The Grizzlies became the first team to hire a new permanent head coach last week, but they didn’t consider outside options, opting instead to promote J.B. Bickerstaff from the interim role.