Former New York Knicks player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose named Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson as his top choices to become the next coach for the struggling Knicks.
Both Jason and Mark have been linked with the Knicks but Tom Thibodeau remains the leading candidate to land the job. Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson have had dismal records as head coaches.
But Jalen believes that both have had some crucial roles in developing some superstars and deserve one more chance to redeem themselves. Jason and Mark are innovative coaches who could not find success as head coaches previously. Jason Kidd currently is the assistant coach with the Lebron James led Los Angeles Lakers.
Why Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson are the front runners?
Both Kidd and Jackson have had major hands to play in the development of some of the biggest names in the league today. Kidd is credited to draft the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Bucks. The former coach of the Bucks was instrumental in the development of the Greek Freak. Giannis was reportedly shattered when he learnt that Kidd was fired by the Bucks in 2018.
With Giannis entering free agency in 2021, the entire NBA is chalking out plans to lure him to their team.
I honestly think they’re hiring Thibs. I would be happy with Kenny Atkinson but I don’t see it happening. I would settle for Jason Kidd and I’ll throw a temper tantrum if we hire Mark Jackson. https://t.co/GR909fiy30
— Mike Capuano (@CapuanoMike) July 12, 2020
The Greek Freak is ready to take the mantle from LeBron James as the best player in the league. With Giannis hitting his prime and Kidd a major influence on Giannis, the Knicks might be one of the top candidates to sign Giannis.
Jackson had a major part to play in the establishment of the Warriors as a major force in the league. Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors from 2011-2014. He was instrumental in the development of the Splash Brothers. He drafted Draymond Green in the 2nd round to the Warriors in 2012. Curry, Klay and Green have gone on to become the core of the Warriors which made five consecutive finals appearances from 2015 to 2019.
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Who’s currently the favorite to land Knicks coaching job next season?
Former Bulls and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is currently the leading candidate to land the job. However, he is facing competition from Jason Kidd and Mike Woodson. Mike had coached the Knicks from 2012 to 2014. Even interim head coach Mike Miller has been thrown into the mix to land the job.
David Fizdale was fired by the Knicks in December last year. The Knicks are reported to announce their next head coach by July 31st.