At the headquarters of the New York Knicks, the search for a new head coach is at the top of the agenda. The future of the organization is at stake, and Knicks officials have a wealth of possibilities when it comes to picking the next man to roam in front of the bench.
Since firing Jeff Hornacek last week, the list of names on the list of possible coaches continues to grow by the day. As of Sunday, rumored candidates for the job include Mike Woodson, David Blatt, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, and Jerry Stackhouse. But the list may not end there.
Metta World Peace announced in a tweet on Saturday that he is putting his name into the mix. The athlete formerly known as Ron Artest has said in the past that he dreamed as a kid of helping the Knicks win a championship. While there is no word if the Knicks would even consider him, his interest in the position is an example of the buzz that the coaching search is creating.
One name that the Knicks are considering, though, is Mark Jackson. According to Maxwell Ogden of DailyKnicks.com, the man who once embraced the point guard position for New York has officially been contacted about the position of head coach. Not only did Jackson show off his playing skills during his two stints spanning across three decades in New York, he also starred in the city as a high school basketball player and for his college ball at St. John’s.
Jackson is credited by many for laying the foundation of success during his coaching tenure with the Golden State Warriors that ended after a loss in the first round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014. With Jackson at the helm, though, the Warriors ended a streak of missing the playoffs in five consecutive years.
While Jackson’s name seems to be trending toward the top, the Knicks have not said if any one candidate is a favorite at this point. Meanwhile, Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is not providing his input into the best candidate for the job. While he has played for four different coaches during his first four years with the team, he has learned that management decisions are beyond his control. According to Ian Begley of ESPN.com, Porzingis is going to just stick with his role as a player.