Jerry Stackhouse Rumors
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.
Jerry Stackhouse, featured in this space last year, has coached the Toronto Raptors’ G-League team to consecutive finals appearances, winning the title last season. A fierce competitor, Stackhouse puts a premium on game prep, and has become quite the film maven. Many insiders regard Stackhouse as the most likely candidate in the field this year to get a first-time job.
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.
Sources have indicated Orlando is hotter on Stackhouse’s trail, and he reportedly has an interview there shortly. Charlotte has expressed interest, too. Knicks GM Scott Perry was in the Pistons’ front office, overlapping for two seasons when Stackhouse played in Detroit.
It wasn’t the best move financially, but Avery Johnson advised Stackhouse to go G-League and leave Dwane Casey’s Toronto staff. “He talked about what he needed — stay on the bench in the NBA or make that G-League jump,’’ Johnson said. “Mission accomplished. I told him he needed to get head-coaching experience, the way the G-League is developing. It was the perfect spot, and he embraced it. It wasn’t about the money but the experience.‘’
Shams Charania: Sources: Charlotte and Orlando plan to interview Jerry Stackhouse, coach of Raptors’ G League team, for their head coach openings. Stackhouse also has interview with the Knicks this week.
Adrian Wojnarowski: New York is finalizing plans to meet with three of the top candidates for the Knicks’ head coaching job this week — David Fizdale, Mark Jackson and Jerry Stackhouse, league sources tell ESPN.