After the New York Knicks moved on from former President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, the team will need to make a hire soon.
Fans have been interested in former Knicks like Allan Houston or Jeff Van Gundy. Others have mentioned R.C. Buford or Brian Wright from the Spurs, though neither seems likely to leave San Antonio especially while Popovich is still coaching.
Meanwhile, Chauncey Billups has been the favorite for the same job with the Cavaliers. This has let the speculation take wild extremes.
Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari said no one reached out to the Knicks about their presidency vacancy, though he was mentioned one day prior. Isiah Thomas, who is also linked to the job, tweeted a similar sentiment expressing he is not interested in the New York gig.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have also “moved on” from Raptors president and early frontrunner Masai Ujiri. Another awesome choice would have been Artūras Karnišovas, who was recently considered a finalist for the Milwaukee general manager vacancy until he got the same position in Denver.
Even without these candidates, however, there are still various people who would be qualified if they don’t hire from within.
If the Knicks want to somehow find a way to enter the sweepstakes to land LeBron James when he becomes a free agent, this is the best move they can make.
James spoke about why Griffin was such an essential figurehead for the Cavaliers (via ESPN):
He’s pulled every move — he’s tried to make every move happen — to better this team to be able to compete for a championship. So we wouldn’t be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here.
Even if New York doesn’t try to bring Griffin to the team as a move to team James with longtime friend Carmelo Anthony, he’s still far and away one of the most qualified possible people for the job.
Former Cleveland exec Trent Redden would likely join him in New York.
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