Chris Broussard and Ian Begley report:
New York Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis continues to get strong consideration to become the team’s full-time coach, but team president Phil Jackson does intend to speak to other available candidates, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com on Monday that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt is among the names who interest the Knicks.
This is where we are as Knick fans. We are legitimately excited when there are reports saying that the Knicks will interview other coaches, while wanting to keep their terrible current head coach.
But hey, I’ll sure as heck take that over these reports not being out there.
And really, I think this is such an easy call for Phil Jackson.
Best case scenario, things go well, and the Knicks win more games next season and maybe even make the playoffs.
Worst case scenario, things go the hell and Jackson can blame Blatt.
I would say that this would also open up a scenario where Melo blanches at the idea of the Knicks hiring Blatt and then insists on being traded, but, come on, Melo isn’t going anywhere. We all know that. The only question with regards to Melo and the Knicks is what his next contract as a Knick will look like.
I’m all in on Team Thibs (since Van Gundy is never coming back so long as Dolan is owner), but I can more than live with David Blatt. Then again, there are few options out there worse than rehiring their current terrible head coach (I’d even be willing to give Brian Shaw a chance at this point) – of course, the most likely option remains doing just that, as the ridiculous “continuity is important” narrative is now getting pushed by the team, because what we all know is that when you have a terrible team with mostly veterans on it, the most important thing is to not change as many things as possible.