The Knicks’ front office is wasting little time in putting together its list of candidates for the vacant head coaching position. Earlier we learned that David Fizdale, Jerry Stackhouse, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are on the list. Now, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, we learn that former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt is on the interview schedule...as well as yet another old friend.
The Knicks plan to meet with Fizdale, Jackson and Stackhouse this week, and with Blatt, who is expected to travel to the United States, the following week.
New York also has received permission to talk to former head coach Mike Woodson, who’s now serving as an assistant for the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN.
For those of you too young to remember, Woodson was the Knicks coach from 2011 to 2014. He presided over the last Knicks team to make the playoffs: the 54-win 2012-13 squad, which played a thrilling, three-bombing, small-ball game that the coach actively detested. He later abandoned the strategy during the 2013 conference semifinals and most of the 2013-14 season, when the Knicks collapsed around him and he spent a decent chunk of his time blaming it on Beno Udrih. He simultaneously holds the distinction of best and worst Knicks coach of the century. It’s been a weird century, yo.
As for Blatt, he reached the NBA Finals in his only full season with the Cavs and was fired midway through his sophomore campaign in Cleveland. He’s currently coaching in Turkey, where he led his team to the Eurocup championship.