Another name on the Knicks head-coaching interview list, per league sources: Heat assistant Juwan Howard. They may meet as soon as this weekend.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) April 28, 2018
Howard sort of fits the Jerry Stackhouse mold—the former big-name player who cut his teeth coaching for a quality organization. But whereas Stackhouse went to the G League to gain head coaching experience, Howard has spent the past five years since his retirement as an assistant with the Heat. He was also considered something of a de facto assistant coach during the last few years of his playing career in Miami. Unless he’s a Pat Riley plant—quite possible!—he could be an interesting choice.
Ah, but there’s a twist! Another reputable reporter, Marc Stein, says the front office is doing some deep detective work on a pair of coaches they’ve already interviewed: David Blatt and Mike Budenholzer.
The Knicks have ramped up their background work this week on both former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer and former Cavs coach David Blatt, according to league sources. They've interviewed both within the last five days— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 28, 2018
Could it be that Bud and Blatt have already risen to the upper echelon of coaching candidates? Given Blatt’s connection to Steve Mills and Budenholzer’s overall pedigree, that wouldn’t come as a surprise.