Carmelo Anthony expressed his opinion regarding the New York Knicks’ coaching search, saying that the team should consider former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt for the head coach’s position.
Many were surprised about Carmelo Anthony’s decision to back David Blatt for the head coach position knowing that his pal LeBron James relation with Blatt did not work well when they were together in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also, his former team mates Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith experienced the same thing while working under coach David Blatt.
Anthony believes that David Blatt’s experience in coaching overseas can quickly develop their 7-foot-3 center Kristaps Porzingis to be an all-star caliber. Blatt has dominated leagues in Israel and Russia, where he also coached the Olympic team, guiding the country to a bronze medal in 2012.
According to Mark Bernan of the New York Post:
”The source stated Anthony believes Blatt, because of his vast international experience before joining the Cavaliers, would be better for 7-foot-3 Latvian phenom Kristaps Porzingis than would interim coach Kurt Rambis.”
“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.”
Phil Jackson, who is still on a vacation, earned criticism after failing to take part in the Knicks’ coaching search. There were speculations saying that Jackson has already picked a person to coach the team next season and the ongoing coaching search is only for formality.
According to a previous report, Anthony will be waiving his ‘no-trade’ clause if Phil Jackson insists Kurt Kambis to be their next head coach. Anthony said that he likes Kambis as a person but being the Knicks’ coach would be a different thing. He has requested Jackson about taking part in the Knicks’ coaching search but is yet to receive any reply since Jackson’s departure.
Kristaps Porzingis said that he was not thrilled with the way Kambis used him in a game. The 7-foot-3 center is undeniably one of the promising center in the league. However, the New York Knicks should pick the right coach that will enhance his skill in order to be ready for a tougher competition next season.
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