Knicks Plan To Interview Udoka, Others For Head Coach Job

4:58pm: The Knicks are also expected to interview Bulls assistant Chris Fleming, according to Ian Begley of, who hears that the club will likely meet with about eight-to-10 candidates in total. Steve Popper of Newsday (Twitter link) hears that Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is among those who could interview with the Knicks too, though that’s not yet confirmed.

3:54pm: In addition to meeting with Udoka, the Knicks also plan to interview Magic assistant Pat Delany, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). A former G League head coach for Miami’s affiliate, Delany has spent six years as an assistant coach under Steve Clifford, first in Charlotte and now in Orlando.

3:39pm: The Knicks intend to interview Sixers assistant Ime Udoka for their head coaching vacancy, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter).

Udoka joins a list of candidates that includes Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson, Mike Woodson, and Mike Miller. Atkinson reportedly has some support within the Knicks’ organization, though Thibodeau is considered the frontrunner. Woodson and Miller are also expected to interview — if they haven’t already.

Udoka, 42, enjoyed a seven-year playing career that ended in 2011 after suiting up for the Spurs, Trail Blazers, Kings, Knicks and Lakers. He was part of Gregg Popovich‘s staff in San Antonio for seven seasons before joining the 76ers last spring. Udoka also interviewed for the Cavaliers’ head coaching job last year before the team hired John Beilen.

Interestingly, Udoka was recently reported to be a leading candidate for the Bulls’ head coaching job in the event that they move on from Jim Boylen. It’s not clear whether New York’s apparent interest in Udoka will prompt Chicago to accelerate its evaluation process with Boylen at all.

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14 thoughts on “Knicks Plan To Interview Udoka, Others For Head Coach Job

  1. If Yinka lasts four minutes on the sidelines, that’s one more than his NBA career!

    I hate that guy. I took him as my under the radar pick in my fantasy draft, then three minutes in he ruined my season!

  2. Sillivan

    No hurry to hire new coach

    According to ESPN
    Knicks like Oladipo

    Knicks can sign him after 1 year
    Trade idea
    Randle and Mavs picks for Oladipo

  3. mrshyguy99

    knicks need to stay away from tibbs. he never works out anywhere. who want to play under a coach that think 7-9 players a game is good for the team. what the point of a 15 man team than. he burns out his players and he cant really win anywhere. knicks should go for a fresh up and coming coach. like a becky or udoka

  4. Al Hirschen

    CrownRound pushpinBrandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, M.A.
    Knicks coaching search includes Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson AND Metta World Peace:

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    I think it’s Thibs job. Knicks have to show they are serious about 2021 FA class. They need a respected coach. Thibs didn’t end well in Minny. So he better be ready, he’s got something to prove.

  6. I agree that Thibs is not the answer. He needs a certain type of player and attitude, a Younger Noah or Jimmy B. He was unable to click with a younger Wolves team, and I think it would be more of the same in NY.

    Kenny A has a pedigree with young player development, but he’s a recent retread from the other New York team. While an in demand Assistant Coach is a risky hire, I think it’s worth taking a shot on Hammond or Udoka.

    If the coaching carousel is in full swing, Woodson or Mike Brown would not be horrible options, though I prefer this is not the way they go.

  7. Skip, Tampa

    Agree completely, Knicks job should be Hammond’s to lose. Yet with all the BLM hype you can net it will be a person of color instead.
    Just because of press.

  8. swaggerbox

    if knicks hire thibs it could only mean one thing – they likely arent fond of rebuilding and want to win now. expect them to get chris paul, marc gasol etc. to blend with rj and other youngsters.

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