The New York Knicks have been searching for the right coach for the past several weeks with the interim head coach, Kurt Rambis, the preferred choice of team President Phil Jackson. However, the latest NBA rumors imply that Frank Vogel and David Blatt are also among the top candidates due ties with other top Knicks executives.
According to the New York Daily News, the top- three favorites to land the Knicks head coaching job are Rambis, Vogel and Blatt. It is noted that Jackson reportedly met with the former Indiana Pacers head last week while the ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach was close to being signed two weeks ago.
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However, the report noted that Jackson still prefers Kurt Rambis because he already knows how to run the triangle. The 70-year-old team president wants a coach he can regularly talk to since he wants to be involved more.
Nonetheless, Knicks CEO James Dolan does not like Rambis and prefers Frank Vogel as his team’s next head coach. On the other hand, general manager Steve Mills wants his former Princeton teammate David Blatt.
Dolan also seems okay with Blatt as the next head coach since he is closer to Mills than Jackson. As mentioned in a previous report, Knicks superstar scorer Carmelo Anthony also wants Blatt as his next coach.
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Marc Berman of the New York Post noted that Anthony would like Blatt to develop Kristaps Porzingis into one of the best players in the league. He also mentioned that Porzingis is unhappy with how Rambis used him at the latter part of the regular season.
“The source said Anthony feels Blatt could develop Porzingis into an All-Star quicker with his international touch. Blatt has dominated leagues in Israel and Russia, where he also was coach of the Olympic team, guiding the country to the bronze medal in 2012,” Berman wrote.
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