Who is competing with the Knicks for their coaching candidates?

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Mike Budenholzer

David Fizdale

Jerry Stackhouse

James Borrego

Jay Larranaga

David Blatt


  • Mark Jackson
  • Mike Woodson
  • Kenny Smith
  • Juwan Howard

First round of interviews complete

Among the Knicks’ head-coaching interviews already completed, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse made strong cases for themselves, league sources told ESPN.

The Knicks also interviewed Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson and TNT analyst Kenny Smith for the vacancy. Woodson, who was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after two-plus seasons, isn’t considered to be in the top tier of initial candidates. Former Golden State Warriors coach and ESPN analyst Mark Jackson also interviewed for the job.

via Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, ESPN

Kenny Smith interviewed for the Kings GM position in 2013

From an article in 2013:

But Smith wasn’t afraid to campaign for his own cause, admitting that he’s looking for his next challenge after becoming one of the most prominent and entertaining voices in the basketball world.

“I’ve been winning my whole life,” Smith said. “I’ve been blessed to be a winner. So whatever happens, whatever I do, I’m going to win an Emmy next year or I’m going to try to win an NBA championship or I’m going to try to win in cards. I’m a winner. I’m a winner. I’ve been blessed in my whole life, so I think I have a clear vision.”

via Sam Amick, USA Today

Kenny Smith interviewed with the Rockets in 2016 before they hired Mike D’Antoni

Critical to the success of a basketball organization is the alignment of ownership, management, and the coach, which creates a harmony that flows down to the players. It will be interesting to learn more about Kenny Smith’s vision as a coach, and how it might intersect with what Scott Perry and Steve Mills are looking for in a coach.

Smith told FOX 26 Sports he met with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey for 2.5 to three hours at Alexander’s home in South Florida.

“I think the interview, all of that process, it goes well,” Smith said. “They have a clear vision of what they want to do. I have a clear vision of what I’d like to do. Sometimes you meet in the middle. Sometimes it doesn’t meet at all, but it was something that we both had to explore, and still exploring.

via Fox 26 Houston