New York Knicks: Have we overlooked the best head coach candidate?

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The best candidate to be the next head coach of the New York Knicks isn’t being interviewed.


Apologies to Will and Pat and Jamahl and Chris, but the best candidate to become head coach of the New York Knicks is someone we’ve heard of before. Someone with a proven track record. Someone who brings instant credibility and Garden experience.

No, I’m not talking about someone who’s played here.

Sorry, Ime.
Sorry, Jason.
Sorry, Becky – We don’t yet have the stability to make this work.  Hammon may be a great HC someday, but the Knicks are not the right fit at this time.

And no, I’m not talking about anyone that used to be an assistant here.

Sorry, Tom. If it’s any consolation, you’re my Plan B.
Sorry, Kenny – I understand why people like him, but: 

  • Jeff Hornacek – surprisingly good season with PHX, setback the following year, fired in Year 3 – Knicks hire him…
  • David Fizdale – surprisingly good season in MEM, setback the following year, fired in-season – Knicks hire him…
  • Kenny Atkinson – surprisingly good season in BK, setback the following year, fired in-season…yeah, no thanks…

The best choice to become the next head coach of the Knicks is someone who’s been head coach of the team before. No, not JVG – sorry, Jeff. The best choice is named Mike, but I’m not talking about Woody or Miller. The Mike I’m talking about isn’t on the interview list; he’s too busy prepping for a bubble run at the title with the Houston Rockets.

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