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A few notes on the Knicks' coaching search:
We reported Tuesday that Jay Wright would need to be overwhelmed by an offer to entertain the idea of leaving Villanova for the Knicks or any other NBA team. A separate NCAA source backed that assertion on Wednesday, saying that, at this point, the chance of Wright ending up as New York's next head coach was 'very remote.'
Forbes had reported on Monday that the Knicks landing Wright is a "strong possibility."
The Athletic then reported "Jay Wright is not going anywhere. Not to the Knicks. Not to the Sixers. Not to Oz. His house is for sale. He's not."
There will probably be dozens of names connected to the Knicks under next team president Leon Rose. It seems like you can take Wright's name off of the list of potential candidates.
Most of the coaches who have been connected to Rose are based on that coach's connection to Rose.
We know that Rose has connections to Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy. Both are expected to get consideration from New York.
But Rose - and his longtime business partner William 'World Wide Wes' Wesley - certainly have relationships with dozens of coaches around the NBA and NCAA. Included among that group is former Knick Mark Jackson and ex-Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.
So, as one opposing executive keeping tabs on the process noted, it would be foolish to assume that Rose and the Knicks are locked in on only Thibodeau or Van Gundy.
Regarding Jackson, it's worth pointing out that the New York City native wanted to hire Van Gundy to his staff when he was with the Warriors. Could the two pair up in New York? That's unknown. But a bench featuring Van Gundy and Jackson would surely appeal to a sizable portion of the fan base.
Also, if you are wondering whether Jackson or Thibodeau would have interest in the Knicks: both are currently out of coaching and would like to coach again. Both have a history with the organization. So of course they would like to coach in New York under the right circumstances.
Van Gundy's situation is a bit different, but as we reported at the time, he was open to discussing the opening with the Knicks during their last coaching search. But the organization, under Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, never gave Van Gundy strong consideration before hiring David Fizdale.
It's also worth noting that MSG people are in favor of interim head coach Mike Miller having a role in the organization next season, regardless of how things play out with the coaching search.