Knicks head coaching rumors: Mike Woodson added to the search

Knicks head coaching rumors: Mike Woodson added to the search

The news of KP's injury sent shockwaves not only through NY but throughout the basketball world, as one of the league's brightest young stars would be forced to make a lengthy and tedious recovery - one that doesn't always guarantee a successful return.

Last year's drama-filled offseason created concern that Kristaps Porzingis' time in NY would end before it could even truly begin. I want to be back as soon as possible.

The Knicks are searching for a new coach and some interesting names are starting to pop up as candidates. After helping lead the Cavs to the NBA Finals in his first season, the longtime overseas head coach was sacked halfway through the 2015-16 campaign, despite laying claim to an Eastern Conference-best 30-11 record.

Now that Phil Jackson is well out of the way, and Mills has more of a voice in process of hiring the next coach alongside general manager Scott Perry, maybe the second time will be the charm with Blatt. "I'm sure the front office, they will make the right decisions and build something that can go a long way", Porzingis said.

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The Knicks are looking for a new head coach following the firing of Jeff Hornacek last week after two seasons in charge.

Among the reported candidates are Villanova's Jay Wright, former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale and former Cavaliers coach David Blatt.

A first-round draft pick by the team in 1980, Woodson coached the Knicks from 2012 to 2014.

"I would be insane not to, " said Woodson, who served six seasons in Atlanta.

Porzingis repeatedly said that he's focused on his rehab from a torn ACL and not on the Knicks' coaching search. Be it with his players or media, the longtime overseas coach rarely seemed to connect with others in his season-and-a-half in the National Basketball Association. "I'm happy about how the rehab is going".

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