Knicks Head Coach Tracker: Kidd Impresses, But Thibodeau Still Favorite

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July 15, 2020 - 9:47 am
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While a majority of the NBA prepares to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando at the end of July, the Knicks will be getting their business in order for next season. 

With new team president Leon Rose at the helm and his front office intact, he can now focus his attention on hiring a new head coach. 

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Follow along with the WFAN digital team for all the Knicks head coaching updates:

Wednesday, July 15

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Jason Kidd impressed the Knicks brass with a "great interview," but it likely was not enough to topple Tom Thibodeau as the favorite. Berman added his sources told him it was Thibodeau's job to lose and he has not done anything to lose it.

Wednesday, July 8

12:41 p.m.: RADIO.COM NBA Insider Ric Bucher told WFAN’s “Moose and Maggie” on Wednesday that he expects “in the next week or so we’ll get an announcement Tom Thibodeau will be named the head coach of the New York Knicks.”

Thursday, July 2

11:05 a.m.: Some pre-Independence Day fireworks in NYC? According to Stephen A. Smith, “it’s entirely possible” that the Knicks could keep interim coach Mike Miller for one more year before pursuing current Clippers boss Doc Rivers.

“I’ve been told that it’s entirely possible that Mike Miller might be kept for another year and then after that, you go and get Doc Rivers away from the Clippers,” Smith said Wednesday in a radio appearance in New York. “You know, so who knows whether or not that’s going to happen.”

An interesting scenario for sure, especially since Rivers, who has been the Clippers’ head coach (among other organization roles) since 2013, signed a pair of contract extensions in each of the last two offseasons – but he has been part of a “coaching trade” in the past, as the then-Celtics head coach was dealt to the Clippers in June 2013 for an unprotected first-round pick.

The Knicks do have a ton of assets in the next two drafts, and a former Knicks player with 20 years and 900-plus wins in the league could be the perfect fit for a young, developing team.

Monday, June 22

3:54 p.m.: The Knicks have requested permission to interview Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Earlier on Monday, SNY's Ian Begley had reported that there was internal interest in Kidd as a candidate. Kidd was previously head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2014-18 and with the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14. 

10:00 a.m.: The Knicks will interview Golden State Warriors associate head coach Mike Brown, according to NBA Insider Shams Charania. Brown has previous head coaching experience with the Los Angeles Lakers and in two separate stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Thursday, June 18

11:00 a.m.: Per SNY's Ian Begley via ESPN, Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley will interview for the Knicks' head coaching vacancy. Mosley is in his fifth year as an assistant under Rick Carlisle, and he previously spent four years in Cleveland and five in Denver as an assistant. He also interviewed for the Cavs' vacancy in 2019 that was eventually filled by John Beilein, so he has been in the mix for a top spot in the not-so-distant past. 

Wednesday, June 17

7:00 p.m.: According to SNY's Ian Begley, the Knicks plan to interview 8-10 coaching candidates for the position, with Chicago Bulls assistant Chris Fleming to be among the candidates. Begley noted interim head coach Mike Miller, former Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, former Timberwolves and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson are already scheduled to interview. He added Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson as other potential candidates, but neither have been formally asked for an interview. 

5:15 p.m.: Per Steve Popper of Newsday, San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon could be among the candidates interviewed for the position. 

5:00 p.m.: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Knicks plan to interview Orlando Magic assistant Pat Delaney, while NBA Insider Shams Charania reports 76ers assistant Ime Udoka will also get an interview with the Knicks.