Carmelo Anthony wanted the New York Knicks to interview more candidates in head coach hiring process. Interim coach Kurt Rambis couldn’t impress the Knicks’ superstar. The Knicks’ reportedly interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach David Blatt for the head coach’s post, as revealed by a person with the knowledge of the meeting.
Blatt’s interview was first reported by the Yahoo Sports.
Phil Jackson, the president of the Knicks’ basketball operations met with David Blatt this week, the person told the Associated Press requesting anonymity as coach hiring process is strictly a team’s private policy. The Knicks President fired Derek Fisher and elevated Kurt Rambis as the interim head coach for this season in February.
Blatt led the Cavs to the NBA finals last season. He was fired after two months this season after registering a 30-11 win record. The Cavs were at the top of the Eastern Conference when they fired Blatt. Tyronn Lue replaced him as Cavs head-coach.
Phil Jackson earlier revealed after the end of this regular season, that he has no time-table for making a decision regarding this hiring process. It could be May or run down to June as well. Jackson also spoke to Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach Luke Walton, but Steve Kerr immediately stressed that it wasn’t a formal interview.
Kurt Rambis, Knicks’ interim head coach is also close to Jackson and is still a probable candidate for the post. Rambis was under Phil Jackson, during his stint at Los Angeles. Rambis has developed Jackson’s famous triangle offense, which he applied successfully while clinching a record 11-NBA championship as coach.
But Rambis’ record after being elevated to the position of head coach isn’t convincing. The Knicks faltered to 9-19 after a decent start under him.
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