Rumor: Knicks expressed interest in Villanova coach Jay Wright
The New York Knicks have expressed interest in contacting Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright to inquire about their head coaching vacancy, according to Frank Isola of The New York Daily News. The organization has reportedly reached out to the 56-year-old coach, who is fresh off winning a second championship in three seasons with the team
The Knicks recently fired head coach Jeff Hornacek at the eve of a disappointing season where the Knicks finished 29-53, marred by injuries and an unstable roster.
Wright had expressed curiosity in exploring the NBA scenario, but wasn’t sold on the idea of leaving what he’s cultivated into his college program for a new venture,
“The NBA does intrigue me,” Wright told The Athletic. “That challenge is appealing, but it’s not worth giving up working with these guys. The whole thing is, to take a new challenge you have to give up what you have. I don’t want to give up what I have. Would I like to coach in the NBA? Yes. But I have to give this up in order to do that, and I don’t see that happening.”
Wright has a gaudy coaching record of 420–165 as a head coach at both Hofstra and Villanova, making him one of the top college candidates to take an NBA job, besides the often-called-on John Calipari.
“He told me years ago that he wanted to make Villanova into the Duke of the Northeast,” said a person close to Wright, per Isola. “It would take a lot for him to leave.”
The Knicks have reportedly expressed interest in more than 10 candidates since Jeff Hornacek’s firing, between active and unemployed coaches, and now Wright, likely the hottest commodity in the college coaching spectrum at the moment.