The New York Knicks are in the midst of finding their next head coach after the departure of David Fizdale in 2019. The rumors have been flowing, especially around Tom Thibodeau, who has reportedly already started watching Knicks film in preparation for his hiring.
Not so fast Tom, as the Knicks are still exploring other options, including former nets Coach, Kenny Atkinson.
In other news, it appears @DaRealBootum's incessant stanning may be working: I'm hearing the Knicks interviewed Kenny Atkinson again yesterday.
Not sure what this means for Thibs' or New York's timeline. Stay tuned. https://t.co/8utI36qpaB
— Jonathan Macri (@JCMacriNBA) July 21, 2020
Atkinson has been heavily considered, given his pedigree with the Nets and their surprise firing of him last season. The Knicks are considering a bevy of candidates, including interim coach Mike Miller, who took over after Fizdale was fired last season. Atkinson makes a lot of sense, considering his familiarity with the area and the fact that he just enjoyed his third interview with management.
The New York Knicks are doing their due diligence
While Thibodeau and Atkinson remain the favorites, former point guard Jason Kidd is also in the picture. These are three highly capable candidates who offer vastly different approaches to the game.
While it seems like Thibodeau leads the pack, Atkinson can’t be ruled out just yet. If he is garnering enough attention to receive multiple interviews, the Knicks must be intrigued by him. Of course, it all boils down to owner James Dolan and who he prefers. Despite hiring Leon Rose, former Super agent for CAA, Dolan has the final say in any hirings.
With the hiring expected by the end of the month, the final interview for Atkinson certainly raises a few questions. Are they completely sold on Thibodeau? Is Jason Kidd even in consideration anymore?
We will find out soon enough, but Atkinson isn’t only coming from the Nets. He served as the assistant coach for the Knicks from 2008-2012. He was with the organization under Mike D’Antoni.
Whoever is hired will have to continue rebuilding the roster around their current youth players. With the hope being the Knicks land LaMelo Ball in the draft, RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson remain the focal points. Utilizing their strengths is a priority, and something Fizdale failed to do last year.