The New York Knicks may have found a new candidate for their head coaching vacancy.
While most signs seems to point toward the Knicks bringing back interim coach Kurt Rambis as the head coach for next season, New York is still keeping its options open. Marc Berman and Fred Kerber of The New York Post report that the Knicks made contact with Frank Vogel's agent on Friday to gauge his interest in the job.
Vogel was fired just a day prior by the Indiana Pacers after five-and-a-half seasons as their head coach. Vogel brought the Pacers to two consecutive conference finals appearances in 2013 and 2014, but had been unable to achieve the same type of success over the past two seasons. Indiana missed the playoffs in 2015 and were bounced out of the first round by the Toronto Raptors in this year's postseason.
According to the article, Vogel would have no problem running Phil Jackon's triangle offense:
“According to one source, Knicks general manager Steve Mills did his due diligence in contacting Vogel’s reps. The source said Phil Jackson has not made a decision on how to proceed. The key to the exploratory phone call was finding out whether Vogel would have interest in the job, triangle offense and all — and it seems he does.”
In another interesting twist, Jackson and Vogel have technically worked together. Jackson was the Los Angeles Lakers‘ head coach in 2006 while Vogel was an advance scout for the team. However, they only had one conversation together because the advance scout is usually away from the team.
It's important to note that the Knicks haven't made a request to interview Vogel just yet. The conversation with his agent was merely to see if the former Pacers head coach had any interest in New York's head coaching vacancy.