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Brown, Woodson and Knicks general manager Scott Perry were together in Detroit in the early 2000s during glorious times for the Pistons. Perry was Detroit’s top college scout. Woodson was Brown’s assistant with the Pistons and also in Philadelphia. “I’ve read a whole lot of qualified candidates, but I can’t imagine anyone being more qualified than Mike,’’ Brown told The Post in a phone interview. “Mike’s family to me, we speak almost daily. I have a lot of admiration for him. He’s close to Bobby Knight. I think the world of him. When he was in New York, I thought he did a really good job. The year they struggled, they lost Jason [Kidd], Rasheed [Wallace] and Kurt Thomas. Those were three older, responsible leaders and great teammates. Mike loved New York. He had a great relationship with [owner] Mr. [James] Dolan.

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The Charlotte Hornets will act quickly to interview San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for their head-coaching opening, as soon as the Spurs season is complete. A source familiar the situation said Messina will interview as early as the middle of next week, if the Spurs are eliminated by the Golden State Warriors by then. Ettore coached the Spurs in Thursday’s loss to the Warriors, as head coach Gregg Popovich mourned the death of his wife, Erin.
Knicks GM Scott Perry is planning to pair the European trip with a scouting side-trip, sources said. The Perry-Blatt meeting will be telltale to Blatt's candidacy. Blatt has a strong history and relationship with Knicks president Steve Mills, and Mills has been an advocate for Blatt to become Knicks head coach when he worked with Phil Jackson and now Perry.
After the trip overseas, the Knicks are expected to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego in New York, league sources said. The Spurs granted permission to New York to interview Borrego, sources said. Among the Knicks' head-coaching interviews already completed, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse made strong cases for themselves, league sources told ESPN.
Blatt, who coached in Turkey this season, confirmed to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he will be interviewing with the Knicks. The former Cavaliers coach has a relationship with Mills; the two played together at Princeton and remain friends.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks have received permission to talk to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, a league source confirmed. They intend to talk sometime soon, but not sure when. Might be as early as this weekend. Budenholzer had already met with Suns. @Michael Cunningham first with the news.
Knicks plan to talk to Hawks coach Budenholzer about their vacancy, according to league source. Still not ruled out that Budenholzer eventually returns to ATL.
David Lee will leave for the French Open in 10 days. He hopes before heading to Paris with fiancée Caroline Wozniacki that Mark Jackson is named the Knicks head coach. The ex-Knicks/ex-Warriors power forward played for Jackson in Golden State for all three of Jackson’s seasons. “He has a very smart perspective looking at the game,’’ Lee told The Post in a phone interview. “Especially dealing with what you want in New York, you need somebody to understand the landscape. “Coaching and playing in New York is different than any city. You see it in baseball — superstars play for the Yankees either thrive or shy away from the situation. Mark understands the difference in New York basketball. He’s from there. He understands the politics, the fans, things involved unique to the Knicks. That’s an advantage he has.’’
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.”
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.”
My best read, with the Knicks just beginning the interview phase of their search, is that they’re most likely to choose one of three veteran coaches — unless the emerging Jerry Stackhouse wows them face to face. Those three coaches, in alphabetical order, are: David Blatt, David Fizdale and Mark Jackson. The link between Blatt and Knicks president Steve Mills from their days together at Princeton is well known by now. Blatt badly wants to return to the N.B.A. in the wake of his abbreviated stint with Cleveland and, because of those ties to Mills, has to be viewed as a contender here. Yet some in coaching circles believe the choice is more likely to come down to Fizdale vs. Jackson.

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Brad Turner: Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson will interview for Knicks head coaching job Wednesday in LA, per source. Woodson coached the Knicks from 2012-14. He also coached Atlanta Hawks.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Blatt is expected to travel to the States to meet with New York next week, with Knicks officials planning to meet with Fizdale, Jackson, Stackhouse and possibly Woodson this week, sources said.
Miracles do happen. After years of frostiness following his resignation in 2001, Jeff Van Gundy could yet be in the mix for the Knicks’ job. Though Van Gundy appears a long shot, multiple sources told The Post that Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry spoke to his representatives Saturday. It is unclear, however, who made the first phone call. Knicks management also has talked with Mark Jackson’s agents, meaning the two broadcast partners and friends are now officially in the hunt for the same job.
Contacted by The Post on Saturday, Woodson said he hadn’t heard from the Knicks yet, but would love to. Woodson, who has been Doc Rivers’ top assistant with the Clippers the past four seasons, was the Knicks’ most successful head coach since Jeff Van Gundy, guiding them to their most recent playoff berth, in 2012-13, when the club posted a 54-28 record. “I don’t want to hide the fact I’d love to be back,’’ Woodson told The Post in a phone interview. “I’d like to finish what I started. At the end of the day, you want to come to New York, based on my body of work there. I want it to be mutual. I want them to want me. I hope they call me.’’
Van Gundy and Jackson join a growing list of head coaching candidates that the Knicks have officially reached out to. That list includes former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, who revealed Friday that he will interview with the Knicks next week. Also, a Jerry Stackhouse, who coached Toronto's G-League affiliate, has been contacted and could have an interview date confirmed by Monday.
Some league officials believe that Fizdale may be the early favorite because the Knicks, according to two independent sources, reached out to Fizdale more than two weeks ago.
Ian Begley: Tim Hardaway Jr. thanks Jeff Hornacek for helping him have a career year, complements him for being a players’ coach. He jokingly says he’s not sure what type of coach can succeed in NY because all three of his Knicks teams have had losing records.
But asked if he would be interested if team president Steve Mills asked him for an interview, Van Gundy, Friday on “The Michael Kay Show” said: “I always keep changing my answer to the same question. Now that the job is available, I can say I just don’t talk about coaching searches. I don’t think it does anybody any good. It doesn’t do me any good, the teams any good. If teams want to comment, that’s their right. For myself, it’s so much better not to get drawn in those type of conversations publicly. You guys know I’m a huge Knicks fan and I want what’s best for them. Whatever they decide, I hope it works for them.’’
Appearing on the “Bernie and Sid’’ WABC radio show Friday morning, Thomas gave endorsements for both former Knicks point guards. Kidd, who coached for Brooklyn and Milwaukee, played one season here when the Knicks staged their most successful season since the Jeff Van Gundy years, at 54-28 in 2012-13. They haven’t made the playoffs since Kidd abruptly retired. “When you talk about Jason and Mark Jackson, I‘m big fans and know both those guys personally,’’ said Thomas, who has maintained his friendship with Knicks owner James Dolan. “They’ve both been exceptional players. They are extremely bright. They know the game. They both have won in this league at a very high level and have coached at a high level. When you talk about those two, knowing the game and knowledge of the game and understanding today’s players, you couldn’t go wrong with either one of those choices.’’
David Fizdale has job interviews scheduled this week for vacant head-coaching positions with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns. But for now, Fizdale plans to attend Game 1 of the Warriors-Spurs series on Saturday so he can learn more.
According to a source, the Knicks’ brass have had internal discussions about Frank Vogel. Team officials will meet this weekend after exit interviews to compile a more official candidate list that is expected to be lengthy, a source said.
Mike Vorkunov: Van Gundy: "I love coaching. I love what I do now." He talks around the Knicks job. Of James Dolan, he says: "I think the misconception of my time there was that Mr. Dolan wasn't good to work for." Says Dolan gave the team the resources to win when he was there.

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The Knicks, according to a source, have already reached out to Jerry Stackhouse’s representatives and similar calls are expected to be placed with Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, David Blatt, Jay Wright and perhaps both Jeff Van Gundy and Doc Rivers.
In his three years with the Knicks, he has played for Mike Woodson, Derek Fisher and Jeff Hornacek. “It would be great to have a coach I could have for more than two years, you know,” Hardaway said Thursday. “It’s been tough throughout my career having different coaches and different philosophies, different style of plays throughout this entire time.”
Mike Vorkunov: What does Tim Hardaway Jr. want in the next Knicks coach? "I don’t even know," he said. "All 3 years I’ve been here they’re losing records. This will be going on, career-wise, my fifth coach. I don’t know." Says he'll support front office's choice and decision is with them.
Al Iannazzone: Another thing being by Knicks officials said is they want a coach who connect with today’s players. Communication was apparently a factor in firing Hornacek.
Al Iannazzone: Perry said no timetable is being put on naming a coach. They’re not saying before draft combine, etc. they’re going to do their due diligence
The Knicks intend to contact Villanova's Jay Wright about their head coaching vacancy, the Daily News has learned. According to a source close to the club, Knicks management believes Wright would be a perfect candidate for a rebuilding club.
Wright, who has won two national championships over the last three years, has been linked to NBA jobs in the past but has never given any indication he wants to leave Villanova. "He told me years ago that he wanted to make Villanova into the Duke of the Northeast," says a person close to Wright. "It would take a lot for him to leave."

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Robinson is another longshot Knicks candidate, according to a team source. The former Oregon State head coach — and brother of former First Lady Michelle Obama — currently serves as the Knicks’ VP of player and organization development.
Jason Kidd: Perry, as a Michigan assistant, recruited Kidd all the way back at California and are said to be close. But Kidd burned the Nets and Bucks sources suggest the newly minted Hall of Famer was resistant to changing his ways.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Knicks dismissed coach Jeff Hornacek, league sources tell ESPN. Management informed Hornacek of decision upon returning to New York late tonight.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Another candidate Knicks planning to contact: Jerry Stackhouse, coach of Toronto G League affiliate.
Perry, who was hired as GM in July, will have the ability to find a coach with whom he finds alignment. The Knicks are determined to stay the course on drafting and player development as they as await the return of All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis, who isn't expected to return until midway through next season as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Marc Berman: Knicks source confirms Hornacek was fired upon landing in New York following Cavs loss. President Steve Mills expected to meet press tomorrow.
Jeff Hornacek said Wednesday morning that he hopes to be able to finish what he started and follow through with the plan that he and Knicks president Steve Mills put together after Phil Jackson was fired last summer. “We started it and we’d like to continue it, continue with this team to grow,” Hornacek said leaning against a wall outside the visiting locker room at the morning shootaround. “It’s very satisfying for coaches to take a team and build it and grow it. You can look around the league at some of the teams that are now some of the better teams in the league. They went through those same type of things.
NBA officials are convinced Mills and Perry will look to bring in their own guy. There’s no shortage of potential candidates — Mark Jackson, Dave Fizdale, Doc Rivers, Jason Kidd, Jerry Stackhouse and David Blatt have all been mentioned in speculation. “That’s part of the NBA,’’ Lee said of the coach’s uncertainty. “Trade deadline, everybody is in trade talks, everybody is in free-agent talks. You got to go about your business. You can’t let that distract you and that’s the same thing for [coaches]. They hear the talk. You still have to go about your job so it’s all the same. It’s all about being professional.”
In another bizarre episode Monday, after Kemba Walker tied it with 17 seconds left in regulation, Burke, feeling the hot hand, waved off Hornacek’s attempt to call a timeout. Burke then waved off the playcall — an attempt by Luke Kornet to set a pick — and ultimately botched the possession with a last-ditch, buzzer-beating airball. As Hornacek’s Knicks stint winds down to perhaps its final seven games, players may be displaying a level of rebellion that could be expected when led by a coach they know may not be back next season. The feeling around the league is Hornacek won’t be brought back by Steve Mills and Scott Perry and that the club may target Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson.
Meanwhile, according to an NBA source, the Noah-O’Quinn shouting incidents weren’t the first time the lame-duck Knicks coach got profanities thrown his way by a Knicks player. The source told The Post that late last season, Kristaps Porzingis, normally the politest of souls, cursed out Hornacek during a practice, using the F-word. While players and coaches get at it behind closed doors more than you’d think, the Porzingis-Hornacek tiff partially underscored why Porzingis didn’t show up for his exit meeting. Phil Jackson wasn’t the lone target of his franchise disgruntlement.
While Hornacek continues to trot out young players in the fourth quarter, he also gave a hint he would love to know soon about whether he’s coming back next season. Hornacek has one year left on his contract, and team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry may look to bring in their own guy.
“At the end of the season, I’m sure we’ll sit down with these guys [management] and figure out what we’re doing,” Hornacek said. “Obviously as a coach you’d like to know that. But our job right now is take the guys that we have on this team, try to get them better, make them work and try to do the best we can.”
Jeff Hornacek is still pushing the Knicks to win games, and working on things he believes will help them next season — even if next season isn’t guaranteed for him. There’s been plenty of speculation about Hornacek’s job security. But the Knicks coach has one year remaining on his contract and is talking like someone who will still be coaching the Knicks next season.
“I still have next year so unless they tell me something different,” Hornacek said after Tuesday’s morning shootaround. When asked if he fully expects to be back, Hornacek responded, “I think everybody does.”
They are a rebuilding team and may want to start next season with the coach who will lead them through it. Management hasn’t given any indication publicly that Hornacek is that person. Knicks officials have said they will evaluate everything after the season. Some of the names linked to the Knicks’ coaching job have been Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, Doc Rivers, Jerry Stackhouse, Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd.
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