The New York Knicks have made a mess of their head coaching position ever since firing Mike D’Antoni in 2012. Mike Woodson, who took over for D’Antoni led the Knicks to a 54-win season and two consecutive playoff appearances, but was let go after the 2014 season, after which Phil Jackson took over as the team’s president, and Derek Fisher was hired to be the team’s head coach. Phil Jackson is still the team’s president, but Derek Fisher is no longer the team’s head coach, and Jackson is currently deciding whether or not to give interim coach Kurt Rambis a shot at the job without the interim tag, or whether or not to shell out the big bucks to get a fresh face to fill one of the most high profile positions in the league.
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Should Jackson decide to get an outside man for the job, Frank Vogel could find his name on the short list. It was announced on Thursday that the Pacers would not renew Vogel’s contract, and he immediately rose to the top of the crop of available coaches. According to ESPN, the Knicks immediately reached out to Vogel, which could be a good sign for both sides.
The New York Knicks have reached out to Frank Vogel’s agents to gauge the ex-Indiana Pacers coach’s interest in the club’s coaching vacancy, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
If Jackson hires Vogel, big things could be afoot for New York. Vogel has experience molding a superstar small forward in Paul George, and has had success coaching raw young talent, like Myles Turner and Solomon Hill in Indiana. We’ll see how this transpires in the coming weeks for sure.