New York Knicks Continue Their Head Coach Hunt as They Target Chicago Bulls’ Lead Assistant Coach Next

Published 07/09/2020, 5:09 PM EDT


The shortlist for the next New York Knicks head coach seems endless. After Tom Thibodeau, Mike Brown, Jason Kidd, and most recently Jamahl Mosley, the latest candidate on the block is Chris Fleming. Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports reported that Fleming will have an interview with the Knicks on Thursday.

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Fleming started his coaching career with the German League and rose up the ranks to become the German National team coach. He entered the NBA in 2015 when he was hired as the assistant coach by the Denver Nuggets. After spending a year there, he worked for three years under Kenny Atkinson at the Brooklyn Nets. Finally, in May 2019, he moved to the Bulls and became the lead assistant coach.

Will a new coach be able to inspire the New York Knicks?

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The last time the Knicks made the playoffs was back in 2013. Since then they have had multiple coaches and haven’t been able to keep one for more than two years. They have had a tough time in the Free Agency too after missing out on big hitters like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant.

Fleming has not yet held a head coaching position in the NBA, and it will certainly be a gamble for the Knicks. But it is a gamble they could take, perhaps considering he has worked for five years in the NBA as an assistant already.

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Just a couple of weeks ago, the Knicks hired William “World Wide Wes” Wesley as Executive Vice President and Senior Basketball Advisor. He was once described as the most powerful man in sports by GQ back in 2007. Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins was impressed with this and on NBA on ESPN he said, “World Wide Wes is the best thing to happen to Knicks in 10 years.”

The Knicks fans will be hoping that these new management changes will translate to success on the court too. With no postseason involvement for the Knicks, they will be looking forward to the Draft Lottery. If they can get a good pick, the Knicks could potentially draft a future franchise player and hope he can lead them to better results.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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