David Blatt. Mike Budenholzer. Mark Jackson. James Borrego. David Fizdale. Jerry Stackhouse. Kenny Smith. Mike Woodson. Jay Larranaga.
The Knicks have cast a very wide net in the search for their next coach, and now you can add another name to the list: Heat assistant Juwan Howard.
Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard will interview with the New York Knicks for their head-coaching vacancy, league sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Who is the frontrunner? Budenholzer has this job at the top of his list and reportedly impressed in his interview. Begley reports Fizdale and Stackhouse also left strong impressions with their interviews. Blatt played his college basketball with Knicks president Steve Mills at Princeton, which undoubtedly is an advantage.
The Knicks need a coach who can both connect with young star Kristaps Porzingis, and put the big man in better positions to take advantage of his rare skill set. They also need a guy who can establish a strong culture and identity in the locker room — what kind of team are the Knicks? They’ve felt adrift for a few seasons now, they need a direction.
Then they need ownership to stay out of the way and let that culture take root over several years. Good luck with that.