Best 5 Candidates to Coach the New York Knicks Next Season

March 24th, 2016 by Sara Peters Leave a reply »

New York Knicks fans and players have witnessed plenty of limp press conferences, haphazardly managed games, wavering motivation and mystifying personnel decisions in recent years. They're desperate for a new head coach in 2016-17 who can teach and inspire players, innovate and engineer wins.

Who fits that description?     

Every New York fan could use some Zen training after enduring two stressful seasons, but they might seek a different Master if this one doesn't hire a winning head coach. Phil Jackson's top stated priorities, however, don't all necessarily match up with the team's.

He told reporters, per ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, that he would prefer (though it isn't "paramount") someone he already knows and trusts who is familiar with the triangle offense. As he explained (cryptically) on Twitter, he seeks a like-minded coach who will foster a team-first culture and can develop players' games and souls.

Culture and player development are key to the team's success, surely. A coach's ability to improve the Knicks' defense, transition offense, weak backcourt and performance in the ...

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