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

New York Knicks. Patrick Ewing. (Jonathan Daniel /Allsport)
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Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson was always one of the smartest players on the floor during his playing days. Similar to Patrick Ewing, the former St. John’s and Knicks point guard would be welcomed back to Madison Square Garden with open arms.

This feels long overdue, his name gets brought up every time the Knicks make a head coaching change; something that speaks volumes to how bad this organization has been over the last several years. Jackson’s name was unfairly tarnished in Golden State and the truth of the matter is, he helped initiate the Warriors’ success. Jackson had a hand in drafting Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Harrison Barnes, all key contributors to the Warriors dynasty.

With plenty of first-round picks over the next two seasons, it’s important the New York Knicks find some young talent capable of helping them win now and in the future. He has shown the ability to develop and lead a winning team, so the Knicks would be wise to take that into serious consideration.

Jackson admits he wished he could have handled some things differently, but doesn’t every first-time head coach? Golden State wasn’t “all in” with him and it was obvious considering he was fired after winning 51 games. Jackson would connect well with the young guys. His success as both a player and a coach immediately puts him at the top of the list. Your move, Leon Rose.