Once again, the New York Knicks appear to be looking for a new coach. Let’s break down some of the top candidates, including the man currently in the role.
It used to be an annual tradition for the New York Knicks to play through an intense playoff rivalry with the likes of the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, and Chicago Bulls, as viewers of ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary have recently been reminded. Nowadays, when the calendar turns to May, there’s a different tradition in New York: searching for a new head coach.
The Knicks are on their seventh head coach since their last playoff appearance in 2012-13. And it appears they will be hiring their eighth over the next several months.
After David Fizdale was fired in early December, G-League coach Mike Miller was promoted to the head role with the Knicks. He has done an admirable job taking over the reins in a difficult situation, but with a change in organizational leadership, his long-term status with the team is far from certain.
Several names from old-school types to up-and-comers have been tied to the Knicks in hot stove discussions about the direction they will take to lead the team into the 2020-21 season, whenever that will be given the current situation surrounding the novel coronavirus.
While these names are fluid, and some have been reported on with more substance than others, let’s break down the top coaching candidates for the Knicks next season.