David Blatt, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, had a meeting with New York Knicks president Monday about the vacant head coaching position, according to league sources.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Blatt remains in the mix but interim coach Kurt Rambis is the frontrunner to become the new full-time coach of the storied franchise. “It is unclear if the Blatt meeting was more than a token appearance in a coaching search. Jackson has been determined to continue to run his triangle offense, and Rambis has been a loyal disciple of the system,” read the Yahoo report.
David Blatt and his history with New York…
Blatt is close friends with Mills, the right hand man of Jackson in the Knicks front office. Blatt and Mills played together at Princeton in the 1990s. Since Jackson values his general manager’s opinions, it shouldn’t come as a complete shock if Knicks give Blatt a shot at coaching the team.
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There’s always the possibility of hiring both Blatt and Rambis as assistant coaches. Though Blatt runs elements of the Triangle Offense in his modified version of Princeton, Rambis has a clearer idea of Jackson’s vision for the team and is more likely to play the role of proxy coach.
Former Knicks coach Derek Fisher was also “coaching on behalf of Jackson” according to several league insiders. Would Blatt be comfortable in that kind of role? Is that why Rambis, with a career coaching record of 65-164, remains the frontrunner to coach the Knicks? Does that make any logical sense?
Earlier this season, the Israeli coach was abruptly dismissed by Cleveland despite leading the Cavaliers to a 30-11 record and the first seed in the Eastern Conference. This, just a year after Blatt became one of the few coaches in history to make the finals in his rookie season. In fact, no other coach in history had been dismissed midway through a season with a higher winning percentage than Blatt’s .732.
Who will coach the Knicks next season? Will it be David Blatt or someone else?