Predicting New York Knicks New Head Coach
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Who will be th next coch of the New York Knicks?
The New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale and at some point will be looking to make a full-time hire in hopes of getting this franchise out of the basement of the NBA. While there’s no basketball to bet on right now, you can bet on who the Knicks new head coach is going to be. So, let’s breakdown the top-five odds and throw a pick out there. Get NBA Picks and NBA Predictions for EVERY GAME at Sports Chat Place.
Tom Thibodeau, -200 - Tom Thibodeau was a New York Knicks assistant for 1996 to 2004 and relationships matter when making hires. Speaking of relationships, Thibodeau and new Knicks president Leon Rose have known each other for decades and this is reportedly a job that he wants. Thibodeau is one of the more accomplished coaches on the market, and he was the NBA Coach of the Year back in 2011 with the Chicago Bulls.
Mark Jackson, +450 - Mark Jackson is a New York guy to the core who was born and raised in Brooklyn, and he played seven seasons with the Knicks. Jackson and his eight assists per game average is actually a Knicks all-time record. Jackson hasn’t been a coach since 2014 when he was molding the Golden State Warriors into the powerhouse they eventually came, and many believe he got the raw end of that deal. Jackson and the Knicks seems almost too good to be true.
Kenny Atkinson, +500 - Kenny Atkinson is another guy who was born and raised in New York, and he was a Knicks assistant from 2008 to 2012. Atkinson recently stepped down from being the Brooklyn Nets coach, leading the franchise to a 118-190 record in a little less than four seasons. Atkinson has proven he can have success in this league and the fact he hasn’t been out of the business for several years like some of the other names is appealing.
Mike Miller, +600 - Mike Miller has to be considered for the job considering he’s the Knicks interim coach right now and has led this team to 17 victories. If you look at this Knicks roster, 17 victories is about 15 too much. Miller was also the NBA G League Coach of the Year in 2018 and had a winning record in six seasons with the Texas State Bobcats, so there’s no doubt he’s capable of getting the job done. The problem is Miller has a limited sample size on this level and he’s not the sexy name as some of these other choices. That could be a turnoff for a big market such as New York.
Jeff Van Gundy, +1200 - Jeff Van Gundy is no stranger to the Knicks, as he was an assistant from 1989 to 1996 and was the head coach from 1996 to 2001. During that time, Van Gundy won 59 percent of his games, leading the Knicks to six playoff appearances and leading them to the NBA Finals in the 1998-99 season. Van Gundy hasn’t been an NBA coach since 2007, but he’s a highly respected name who always pops up when there’s an opening. The only question is if both parties really want to get back together 20 years later.
Pick: I’m rooting for the Knicks to hire Jackson, as he’s a New York guy who players like and somebody most Knicks fans would get on board with. If Jackson is going to get another shot, this would be a perfect spot. It’s also a hire that could eventually lead to better players coming to New York, as Jackson is respected by todays players. However, we’re dealing with the Knicks and we’re used to them making wrong decision after wrong decision, so I’m not holding my breath.
There’s reports out there that Thibodeau is the clear favorite to land this job and so much that he’s already making calls to put together a staff. Thibodeau and his relationship with the current Knicks president seems to be the deciding factor here. If the reports are true, there’s no reason not to lay the juice and back this selection. I’m not sure it’s the right one due to Thibodeau having issues with multiple front offices and rubbing some players the wrong way, but Knicks are going to Knick.
Thibodeau will soon be rocking the orange and blue.