The New York Knicks have a a lot of question marks entering the season, and finding a head coach is one of them. Hall-of-Famer Phil Jackson has the keys to the organization, and will look to fill the head coaching void very soon.
It is pretty obvious that the Knicks’ head coaching job isn’t what it was in the 1990s, but bringing the Knicks to relevancy would be huge for the NBA. Jackson is known to stick to his comfort zone, and he is expected to bring in a coach who knows his system to some capacity. In this situation, I think it would not be a bad idea if Jackson were to step outside of his comfort zone.
Jackson has been spurned his former player Steve Kerr, and it is not a guarantee that Derek Fisher will retire to join Jackson in New York. There are many reasons why coaches are turning down the Knicks, but I am sure that there is a person who will relinquish that opportunity: Patrick Ewing.
Ewing has been an assistant coach since 2002, and is due for a head coaching job. Combining his Hall-of-Fame resume as a player and his coaching resume, now would be an ideal fit for him to return to the place that loved him most as a player.
As a member of the Knicks, Ewing gave the Knicks 15 years of blood, sweat and tears. In those 15 years, Ewing made 11 All-Star games, and is the Knicks’ all-time leading scorer. I know Ewing is not a pupil of Jackson, but he understands what it means to have a relevant basketball team in the big apple.
There are question marks surrounding the roster, and it is unknown if All-Star player Carmelo Anthony will be back with the team. However, a big name like Ewing could sway Anthony to stay or possibly help land another top-tier free agent.
Change is inevitable, and it could lead to something positive. Jackson may have to think outside of the box on this hire and reach out to the former son of New York.