Kurt Rambis may still be the odds-on favorite to become full-time head coach of the New York Knicks next season, but don't count out a dark horse ... David Blatt!
One name that the Knicks are considering, according to league sources, is former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.
Jackson views Blatt favorably, according to sources. It's also worth noting that Blatt played basketball with Knicks GM Steve Mills at Princeton.
Blatt, as you may remember, was fired midway through this season in favor of Tyronn Lue. He had an awkward tenure in Cleveland, but he also took the Cavs to the Finals and put quite a scare into the Warriors with an injury-decimated roster, but he also had an insanely motivated LeBron James, but he's also a legend in European basketball, but ... my head hurts. Is he good or bad? One thing is certain: The Cavs haven't looked any better under Lue.
No matter what, this can be viewed as a positive sign for those who fear that the Zen Master will only hire a fellow Triangle zealot:
Jackson's interest in Blatt is evidence that he's open to considering candidates who don't have experience running the triangle offense. Running the triangle remains a priority for Jackson, but having experience running the offense is not necessarily a prerequisite for the job, according to league sources familiar with the team's thinking.
I appreciate your willingness to broaden your horizons, Phil. May the best coach get the job.