New York Knicks Rumors
Dolan, of course, was referring to Kristaps Porzingis, the 22-year-old wonder child who sustained a torn left ACL on Feb. 6 that ended his season, and whose recovery from surgery will sideline him for an indefinite period of time. “I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don’t know what to expect on that,” Dolan said. “But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back.”
Dolan said he is searching for a coach who will be able to manage his assistants and attendant organizational functions while also being able to delegate authority. “The old-style coaching doesn’t work,” Dolan said. “A coach who tries to do everything himself isn’t going to be successful. “The coaching search for the Knicks is similar in a lot of ways to the Rangers. I think the teams are in similar spots. We’re looking for people to develop players and to create a winning team. We have our lists of candidates, but the lists are still open.”
“I think Hornacek had the same kind of issue that Phil did in that he didn’t grasp how different the players are now in the way they think and deal with management and the coaches,” Dolan said. “I think he was way behind on that. “But I think Jeff is a good coach and he’ll do well when he’s hired by another team.”
TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
Mark Jackson, another Queens product, and former Knicks point guard, and former Knicks coach Mike Woodson each interviewed for the head-coaching post Wednesday in Los Angeles. There is one speculated scenario in which both Jackson and Woodson (who worked under Mills during the 2013-14 season) could be brought back into the organization: with Jackson as head coach and Woodson as a top assistant. According to a source, Knicks brass is aware of Jackson’s run-ins with his assistant coaches while he was head coach at Golden State and hope, if he is hired, that he surrounds himself with a more cohesive staff.
As for the Knicks’ next coach, O’Quinn said he is taking a wait-and-see approach and doesn’t get too caught up in the names he’s hearing. “Rumors have some truth to them, so you listen to them just like anybody else,” O’Quinn said. “But, rumors really don’t materialize until the gavel hits the desk. Until it happens, that’s when I’ll really believe. I don’t live with the rumors.”