With David Fizdale out as head coach of the Knicks, new candidates have already begun to creep out of the woodwork.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, one such candidate includes Lakers’ assistant coach, Jason Kidd.
Stephen A. Smith just said on NBA countdown that current #Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd is “a name that will come up” when talking about how the #Knicks will fill their head coach vacancy. “I’m hearing he’s someone who Dolan really likes.”
— Austin Green (@AustinGreen44) December 7, 2019
Jason Kidd served as a coach for the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks before settling for the assistant coaching gig this past summer with the Lakers. He is known for his work on the offensive end and is considered a good voice to have for young, up-and-coming stars.
Besides Kidd, CNBC’s Jabari Young reported that Mark Jackson, who was ousted with the Warriors after back-to-back postseason berths, is also a name “floating” around.
Early coaching names floating around league circles as a replacement include former Knicks guard and Brooklyn native Mark Jackson, who last coached the Golden State Warriors to a 51-31 record in the 2013-14 season.
“I think he could do well there,” one Eastern Conference scout told CNBC shortly after Fizdale’s dismissal was reported. “But would they hire Mark?”
Jackson has yet to find a new coaching job, despite his admirable performance with the Warriors. He has long been connected to the Knicks and is widely considered to be deserving of a second chance.
Another name possibly in consideration for the position is Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, a former New York Liberty All-Star guard who became the first female assistant in the NBA. She has obvious ties to New York and is working directly under Gregg Popovich, widely considered one of the greatest minds in basketball.
With three names already in the atmosphere, it’s clear that the Knicks have a lot to think over as they seek a coach that fits their vision. But, perhaps, they should consider who they have on the roster first before firing whoever they bring in next.