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Steve Mills vows New York Knicks won’t attempt any quick fixes in head coach search

James Dolan, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Less than 24 hours after the firing of head coach Jeff Hornacek, New York Knicks president Steve Mills vowed the franchise won’t attempt any quick fixes in its pursuit of a new head coach, as the front office has done in the past.

Mills noted owner James Dolan has given him ample room to be patient with the current rebuild to find the right candidate to lead this young team, while saying patience hasn’t always been the team’s best virtue in the past, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

The Knicks will have an open head coach search and will consider college candidates like Villanova Wildcats coach Jay Wright as well as international options like former Cleveland Cavaliers and Euroleague coach David Blatt.

According to Begley, Mills added that one factor the Knicks will aim at would be the coach understanding the complexities of today’s players and the game, including the use of modern analytics and strength training.

Things have been a little old school during the last few years in the Big Apple, with remnants of Phil Jackson’s tenure still in place, despite his dismissal prior to the start of the 2017-18 season.

The front office finished the clean-up by firing Hornacek and former Jackson partner-in-crime Kurt Rambis, who held assistant coach duties with the team.

Due to the Knicks’ youth-centered approach to their rebuild, a coach cognizant of the modern NBA player will be of utmost importance — developing a level of comfort and camaraderie for mutual understanding throughout a long 82-game season in 2018-19.