I already told you yesterday that Mike Woodson needs to lead the Knicks into the playoffs to keep his job. No easy task, but when Phil Jackson says repeatedly that he expects this year’s team to make the postseason, the bar has been set.
And if the Knicks fail?
Well, there will be a new coach at the helm, and since Jackson is not ingratiated with the larger coaching fraternities out there, you can cross out names such as Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy and George Karl.
Steve Kerr’s name has been thrown out there, and he is an intriguing candidate because he knows the triangle system. But two other coaches are known as system coaches, and both have stellar resumes.
They are Jerry Sloan and David Blatt.
David Who, you ask? He’s only the most successful coach in European basketball, and has been for quite some time. Plus, he went to school and played at Princeton with Knicks GM Steve Mills.
More on Blatt, Sloan and other Knicks items in this podcast with Moke Hamilton on SNY.