It’s been very quiet the last week or so on the New York Knicks front. As we slowly slide into June, all we’ve really heard lately is that Phil Jackson is still pruning through former disciples as head coach candidates and that the Knicks are going to be working out some college folks.
So, without much clue as to what’s going on, some of the Buckets Over Broadway team gathered together to discuss what exactly is next for the New York Knicks.
1.) Who would you realistically like to see the Knicks hire as a head coach?
Scott Davis: I honestly don’t have a top guy, but there are a lot of talented coaches both around and out of the league, so it’d be nice to consider all options, beyond just Phil Jackson’s former disciples. I think someone like Alvin Gentry is an interesting name, or just poach one of Doc Rivers or Gregg Popovich’s assistants.
Matt Shetler: Realistically, I would love to see Mark Jackson brought in, but I think there is no shot of that happening. Ultimately, I think the job will go to someone like Tyronn Lue as this is the only type of coach that would likely be willing to come to New York given not only James Dolan’s interference, but the less-than-spectacular roster next season. Ultimately, I feel whomever Phil Jackson hires is just going to be a transition coach until Jackson makes a more spectacular hire in a couple of seasons when the roster can compete better. Therefore, a young coach like Lue doesn’t bother me even though it wouldn’t be a splashy hire.
James Griffo: Yesterday, I touched on the subject of a realistic coaching hire that pertained to particularly defense; Lionel Hollins would be a great hire. I’ve been a staunch advocate of hiring Hollins for awhile now. Since the Knicks played at a massively groggy pace (90.3 possessions, ranked 28th in the league), why not teach them rudimentary defensive principles they seem to have forgotten? Hollins coached some of the most sluggish teams, if not, the most sluggish teams in my lifetime. Go for broke.
Ankit Mehra: I would like to see Lionel Hollins or Jeff Van Gundy be sitting court side come the beginning of the season. I believe that Hollins brings that defensive intensity that is required, and could be a game changer for this discombobulated Knicks team that has looked lackadaisical on defense since 2008 (*cough Mike D’Antoni cough*). As for Jeff Van Gundy, he knows how to handle New York, he has succeeded in New York, and he could bring the winning mentality back to New York.