Entering the method, the sense across the league was the 10 different Knicks teaching candidates would wish knock it out of the park to unseat sturdy favorite Tom Thibodeau.
While sources says Jason Kidd wowed Knicks brass with “a fantastic interview,” it won’t be sufficient to topple Thibodeau, whose relationship with Knicks president Leon Rose and senior vp William Wesley ought to show insurmountable. They repped Thibodeau at Creative Artists Agency.
The batch of three-hour second interviews with 11 recognized candidates was accomplished Monday, giving Knicks executives a while to kind by means of the info.
Multiple sources insist this was all the time “Thibodeau’s job to lose’’ — and possibly hasn’t.
“I feel Tom and Leon can get the Knicks again to 50 wins,’’ one league supply stated. “And the Knicks want wins. Tom having Leon there may be the important thing.’’
Kidd and Kenny Atkinson are formidable candidates with lots to supply, however sources imagine they continue to be lengthy photographs — except Thibodeau turns down the job. (In 2014, Steve Kerr accepted a verbal provide to teach the Knicks earlier than reneging. The workforce subsequently employed Derek Fisher.)
The Knicks maintain the sting as a result of potential Thibodeau suitors — Houston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn — are concerned within the Orlando restart. That gave the Knicks ample time to conduct a fact-finding search and get teaching candidates to guage their gamers.
It’s been greater than 5 weeks since Rose and his operatives started the search — one which started when the NBA authorised restart plans that didn’t embrace the Knicks.
With the financial disaster attributable to the pandemic, Thibodeau can be taking a threat if he had been to show down the Knicks, even if their roster doesn’t evaluate to these of Houston, Philly or the Nets.
However, with monetary losses hitting NBA’s house owners, there will not be as a lot teaching turnover as anticipated.
The Sixers instituted pay cuts through the pandemic and will not be in a rush to fireside Brett Brown. And the Rockets may nonetheless re-up with Mike D’Antoni for one more season in the event that they reach Orlando. Sources imagine the Nets’ Jacque Vaughn additionally has a strong probability of coming again.
A former Knicks assistant, Thibodeau went on to lofty accomplishments in Chicago (255-139, .647) after which broke Minnesota’s 13-year playoff drought in 2017-18.
Thibodeau’s ending wasn’t fairly in Minnesota with allegations of failing to attach with a few of the workforce’s younger nucleus, however former Wolves massive man and present Knick Taj Gibson defended him.
Gibson advised The Post on Feb. 13, when Thibodeau’s identify first was reported as a possible successor to interim coach Mike Miller, “Since I’ve been right here, a whole lot of these outdated Knicks gamers all the time come as much as me they usually beloved Thibs.
“He’s been misunderstood. Lots of gamers have completely different mindsets. His mindset is successful. To win video games you bought to undergo a whole lot of exhausting work. Sometimes younger gamers don’t perceive it.’’
ESPN’s Jalen Rose advised The Post over the weekend that Kidd, now a Lakers assistant, is a more sensible choice due to his potential in both creating stars reminiscent of Giannis Antetokounmpo or attracting them.
One supply who has labored with Kidd famous he’s “gained all over the place he’s gone.’’
Kidd’s final season as a participant got here when the Knicks had been 54-28 in 2012-13 and the underside fell out when it comes to workforce management as soon as he retired to teach the Nets.
“He has a knack for creating younger guys, giving them confidence,’’ the supply stated. “He additionally is aware of how you can win with vets and understands the stress of massive markets. And he’s mounted groups — Nets, Knicks Milwaukee.’’
As for Mike Woodson, the Knicks former head coach may land on the staffs of both Thibodeau or Kidd. Woodson was head coach when Kidd was a Knick. Thibodeau and Woodson are every represented by Creative Artists Agency.
Former Knicks/Kentucky star Rod Strickland will conduct Wednesday’s digital Knicks children camp. Because of the pandemic, the Knicks canceled all their annual children camps throughout New York and New Jersey. Instead, the Knicks began free video camps thrice per week for the subsequent month and it was kicked off by level guard Dennis Smith Jr. Monday.
Because of ties to Rose and Wesley as a former assistant coach at each Kentucky and Memphis underneath John Calipari, Strickland is a reputation to observe if the membership replaces Craig Robinson. Michele Obama’s brother was the Knicks’ participant improvement director/vp of minor leagues and left to run the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
According to a supply, Allan Houston will tackle a bigger function when it comes to serving to out the participant improvement division. But the Knicks could change Robinson by hiring a Westchester Knicks GM. Strickland works for the G-League in participant relations.