The Knicks lost eight straight games then fired David Fizdale as coach.
The losing streak reached 10 games under interim coach Mike Miller, culminating with a 28-point setback to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. New York blew a 22-point lead to the lowly Warriors last night, but rallied in overtime to finally end the skid.
Still, Miller hasn’t exactly galvanized the Knicks.
there have already been ownership-level discussions about hiring a new coach in-season if the team continues to crater, according to sources.
I bet Knicks president Steve Mills wants to hire a new coach. Mills is on the hot seat, and he could sell owner James Dolan on getting a chance to build the roster around a new coach. It’d be like when Mills seized control of the front office by signing Tim Hardaway Jr. to a huge contract before Dolan could find another lead executive to replace Phil Jackson.
Dolan should fire Mills by the start of next offseason and let Mills’ replacement pick a coach. Mills has done a poor job. Hiring a new coach now would only bother potential replacement executives.
This is a lost year for New York. Maybe a better coach could help avoid some embarrassing setbacks, but the Knicks won’t accomplish anything notable this year. They might as well just enjoy the silver lining that all their errors will net another high draft pick.
In the last three decades, just two teams have ousted multiple head coaches for performance during a season:
- 2014-15 Kings: Mike Malone and Tyrone Corbin to hire George Karl
- 2004-05 Nuggets: Jeff Bzdelik and Michael Cooper to hire George Karl
Karl is available. So are more-mentioned names like Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. Though it hasn’t happened in a while, a team could also pluck another team’s assistant coach during the season.