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Once the New York Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale earlier this month, it seemed that interim coach Mike Miller would finish the season in that role.

Now, we’re not too sure. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, New York could potentially replace the interim coach with a bigger name if the Knicks continue to struggle. This could come in-season.

“The Knicks want interim head coach Mike Miller to finish the season in the position, but I’m told they have a short list of potential in-season candidates, including Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Tom Thibodeau, should the team’s faltering season necessitate another move,” the report read.

This obviously isn’t standard operating procedure. Teams that fire their head coach in the middle of a season tend to let the interim play it out. However, the Knicks are not one to go with common logic. We’ve seen that multiple times in the past.

This comes on the heels of reports that the 5-20 Knicks could very well target Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd as a way to entice Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Big Apple. Good luck with that!

Van Gundy coached the Knicks from 1995-02. He was their most successful head coach since the Pat Riley days.

As it relates to Jackson, he was a star with the Knicks from 1987-92 before rejoining the club later in his career.

The current television analyst’s only experience in a head-coaching role came with the Golden State Warriors from 2011-14. He was fired months before the team’s dynasty started under Steve Kerr.

Thibodeau is an interesting option. He had success as the Chicago Bulls head coach before a short-lived tenure ended abruptly in Minnesota during the 2018-19 season.

All three would likely be considered long-term options and wouldn’t take the job with an interim tag attached.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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Can you name every New York Knicks first-round pick in the lottery era?

An asterisk (*) indicates the player was traded before playing with the Knicks. A double-asterisk (**) indicates the player never played in the NBA. 

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2019 / #3 / SF
RJ Barrett
2018 / #9 / PF
Kevin Knox
2017 / #8 / PG
Frank Ntilikina
2015 / #4 / PF
Kristaps Porzingis
2013 / #24 / SG
Tim Hardaway Jr.
2011 / #17 / SG
Iman Shumpert
2009 / #8 / PF
Jordan Hill
2008 / #6 / SF
Danilo Gallinari
2007 / #23 / SF
Wilson Chandler
2006 / #20 / SF
Renaldo Balkman
2006 / #29 / SG
Mardy Collins
2005 / #8 / PF
Channing Frye
2005 / #30 / PF
David Lee
2003 / #9 / PF
Michael Sweetney
2002 / #7 / C*
Nene
2000 / #22 / PF*
Donnell Harvey
1999 / #15 / C**
Frederic Weis
1997 / #25 / C*
John Thomas
1996 / #18 / SF
John Wallace
1996 / #19 / PF
Walter McCarty
1996 / #21 / SF*
Dontae Jones
1994 / #24 / SF
Monty Williams
1994 / #26 / PG
Charlie Ward
1992 / #20 / SG
Hubert Davis
1991 / #12 / PG
Greg Anthony
1990 / #17 / PF
Jerrod Mustaf
1988 / #19 / PG
Rod Strickland
1987 / #18 / PG
Mark Jackson
1986 / #5 / SF
Kenny Walker
1985 / #1 / C
Patrick Ewing

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