Van Gundy, a former Knicks coach and present NBA analyst for ESPN, could be open to speaking concerning the place if he had been approached by New York, league sources say. However league sources acquainted with the matter say that regardless of contact between the staff and Van Gundy’s representatives, there is no such thing as a curiosity at the moment.
Van Gundy coached the Knicks for elements of seven seasons, main the membership to 6 consecutive playoff appearances and an Japanese Convention title in 1999. New York has received one playoff collection since Van Gundy’s departure in 2001.
The Knicks are trying to find a coach to exchange Jeff Hornacek, who was fired Thursday morning.
The membership earlier this week was finalizing plans to satisfy with their 4 high candidates: David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks plan to satisfy with Fizdale, Jackson and Stackhouse this week, and with Blatt, who is predicted to journey to the US, the next week.
New York additionally has obtained permission to speak to former head coach Mike Woodson, who’s now serving as an assistant for the LA Clippers, league sources instructed Wojnarowski. Woodson, who was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after greater than two seasons on the helm, is not thought of to be within the high tier of preliminary candidates. The Knicks shall be hiring their ninth head coach since Van Gundy left abruptly, which led to some in poor health will between the 2. Not too long ago, that relationship appears to have been repaired, as Van Gundy has been acknowledged on the large GardenVision video display screen at Madison Sq. Backyard in recent times.
The membership is competing for potential coaches with a number of groups in the mean time. Milwaukee, Phoenix and Memphis are at the moment manned by interim head coaches, whereas Orlando and Charlotte additionally fired their coaches.
Workforce president Steve Mills mentioned that the franchise’s subsequent teaching rent might want to “understand today’s player.”
Mentioned Mills: “Today’s players are very different from yesterday’s players. So you have to be a person that understands who these guys are, where they come from, what their basketball journey is.”