Knicks’ options after firing Jeff Hornacek
It had been reported that the Knicks had already gathered a wish list of their next head coaching candidates which included David Fizdale, David Blatt, and Mark Jackson. According to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Jerry Stackhouse is now in the mix as well:
Sources: Another candidate Knicks planning to contact: Jerry Stackhouse, coach of Toronto G League affiliate. https://t.co/uPrirlLPS8
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 12, 2018
It goes without saying that all of the aforementioned names could serve as viable options for Horrnacek’s replacement. The recent firings of both Blatt and Fizdale came with plenty of controversies since they were considered to be doing a solid job with what had transpired at the time of their release. That said, it was projected that neither of them would be on the market for long.
Meanwhile, Jackson may have a bit of an advantage over his potential competition thanks to his pedigree as a major contributor during one of the most iconic eras in Knicks franchise history. During his last stint as a head coach, he helped build the most dominant team in the NBA today before he too was surprisingly released from his post.
One name that certainly comes a surprise is Stackhouse. He began his coaching career as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors shortly after his retirement from the league. The former NBA star led his team to a championship win while taking home Coach of the Year honors as well.