Unsung Knick History – How Green Was My Plan A

This is the seventeenth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, “The Dunk” or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

A couple of weeks ago, in a previous installment of Unsung Knick History (which you can read here), I detailed the seemingly minor chain of events that resulted in Rick Pitino leaping ahead of Larry Brown in the race to be the new Knicks coach for the 1987-88 season (and how the choice of Pitino over Larry Brown informed the Knicks coaching situation for more than a decade)

However, while that story was, indeed, true, do note that those circumstances only pushed Pitino ahead of Brown. There was another candidate who the Knicks wanted over both Pitino and Brown, and it was only when negotiations broke down with that candidate that the Knicks moved to their Plan B (which, due to the circumstances detailed in the previous Unsung Knick History installment, was Pitino instead of Brown).

So come find out how close the Knicks came to changing not only their coaching situation for years, but also the Boston Celtics’ coaching situation for years, as well.

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