New York Knicks top candidates to be the team’s head coach

New York Knicks. Patrick Ewing. (Jonathan Daniel /Allsport)
New York Knicks. Patrick Ewing. (Jonathan Daniel /Allsport) /
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Assistant coach Becky Hammon, San Antonio Spurs. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Becky Hammon

The former New York Liberty star has been rumored to be interested in the Knicks head coaching position. Hammon is in her sixth season with Gregg Popovich as a Spurs assistant coach. As a player, she was a six-time all-star and was also voted one of the top 15 best players in WNBA history.

Becky Hammon has proven to be successful with young and developing players, leading the Spurs to a Summer League title in 2015. Hiring a first-time head coach is always risky and the Knicks don’t need another setback. However, Hammon is highly regarded around the league and will most likely end up with a head coaching opportunity sooner rather than later. Will the Knicks give her an interview?

Patrick Ewing

This is refreshing. It’s always nice to talk about Patrick Ewing because that’s literally how long it’s been since the New York Knicks were legitimate contenders. After unsuccessfully trying to land a head coaching job in the NBA, Ewing took his talents back to Georgetown to become their head coach.

Hiring the greatest player in team history back to coach would be a great public relations move. Ewing is loved universally in New York and there would be real excitement for the first time in years.

Ewing is a Knicks legend and his playing career was peak New York basketball. He would be really good for Julius Randle, who has had his moments this season, but struggles with decision making and turning the ball over.

Like Hammon, Ewing doesn’t have head coaching experience at the NBA level, but there’s just something special about the franchise’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, and games.