Report: Knicks get permission to interview Mike Woodson, will talk with David Blatt

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The coaching search for the New York Knicks continues.

After firing Jeff Hornacek, New York has been linked to Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, and Jerry Stackhouse. Now, we can add two more names to the list: former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and former Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

The news comes from a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who says there is already an interview set up with Blatt for next week, along with several other candidates.

For now, the Knicks only have permission by the Los Angeles Clippers — Woodson’s current employer — to interview the assistant coach.

Via Twitter:

Woodson coached New York from 2011-2014, spending three of those years as head coach. Woodson was 109-79 at the helm of the Knicks.

Meanwhile, it seems as though New York’s coaching net has been cast both wide and varied. Van Gundy hasn’t coached in the NBA in more than a decade, having last captained the Houston Rockets in 2006-07. Jackson seems like an obvious candidate in that it’s not clear he’s quite tuned in to the modern NBA given some of his comments as a broadcaster. Blatt, Fixdale, Stackhouse, and Woodson all seem like relatively normal choices, although the dysfunction of the Knicks organization skews that rating quite a bit.

As Kurt pointed out earlier, what happens with the Milwaukee Bucks job — and whether they retain Joe Prunty — might have a serious effect on who the Knicks have to choose from. No doubt some of the more reasonable candidates see the Bucks job as more desirable than New York.