Avery, D’Antoni, Possible Knick Coaches?
Though for days the Knicks have been linked to hiring Mark Jackson to coach the Knickerbockers next season…
Now Avery Johnson – the “Little General,” a yeller, a successful coach with the Dallas Mavericks – is a available for a new coaching gig.
The Daily News’ Frank Isola believes that Avery Johnson has a for the Knick head coaching job, one that Mark Jackson also seemed to be in line for. New Knicks president Donnie Walsh also has relationships with Sam Mitchell; if Mitchell is fired from the Raptors after a poor playoff performance, he might get a look.
The Post’s Marc Berman likes the idea of D’Antoni over other candidates, even Mark Jackson, but his lack of defensive coaching might make him a hard sell for the Knicks.
Apparently, Donnie Walsh has been keeping an eye out for the newly fired:
The Post reported Tuesday that Walsh had zeroed in on four coaches he would pursue if they got fired after Round 1 – D’Antoni, Mitchell, Johnson and Detroit’s Flip Saunders, with D’Antoni believed to be top on the list. (Walsh was told Denver’s George Karl was safe).
Jackson, who interviewed with Walsh last Thursday, spoke to the Bulls yesterday but is considered a longshot there. The Bulls would also vie for Johnson and D’Antoni, who could be pursued by Dallas and Toronto.
The Knicks could outbid all those teams for D’Antoni and may be willing to go up to $6M to $7M a season.
And what about Ewing?
And in case you’re wondering, the Chicago Bulls have the same ideas about D’Antoni and Avery Johnson.