New York Knicks: Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley set to interview for head coach job

Jamahl Mosley, New York Knicks coaching candidate (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Jamahl Mosley, New York Knicks coaching candidate (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The list of candidates for the New York Knicks head coaching position continues to grow.

Add another name to the list of NBA assistants set to interview for the New York Knicks head coaching position. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks have granted permission for assistant Jamahl Mosley to interview in New York.

In reporting on Mosley, Woj notes he has emerged as a head coach candidate in the league after spending six seasons under coach Rick Carlisle in Dallas. He interviewed for the Cleveland Cavaliers job last year.

Mosley joins a growing list of candidates set to interview with Knicks president Leon Rose and his staff, probably via Zoom, in the next few weeks. Over the past several days, names of candidates who have been granted interviews with Rose have trickled in from media reports.

Besides Mosley, two assistants with ties to the San Antonio Spurs – Ime Udoka (currently with Philadelphia) and Will Hardy – will receive interviews, along with Orlando Magic assistant Pat Delany, and Chicago Bulls assistant Chris Fleming.

The more notable names in consideration include former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, former Knicks coach Mike Woodson, and the apparent front-runner Tom Thibodeau. Interim coach Mike Miller will also get an interview, although it is expected he will eventually be reassigned to a new role in the organization, perhaps staying with the team as an assistant.

Jamahl Mosley has extensive experience as an assistant coach leading to his consideration for the New York Knicks job.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mosley has worked on an NBA sideline since 2006. He started as a player development coach with the Denver Nuggets before moving to Cleveland in 2010 to work as an assistant under Byron Scott. He was hired as Carlisle’s assistant in Dallas in 2014, growing his responsibilities to become the lead defensive coordinator before the 2018-19 season.

Mosley also served as an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich (another Pop connection for the Knicks) at the USA Basketball minicamp in 2008. Beyond coaching in the states, he has participated in Basketball Without Borders in Africa.

Mosley becomes the ninth name who will reportedly meet with the Knicks about their head coaching position. He is the third black candidate to gain an interview, along with Ime Udoka (Nigerian-American) and Mike Woodson.