When the Knicks announced the firing of coach Derek Fisher on Monday, speculation immediately turned to who would be his replacement. Former Fisher assistant Kurt Rambis will take over as interim coach in the meantime, but the Knicks are clearly looking further beyond him. Who could it be?
Could it be a Phil Jackson disciple, like Brian Shaw or Luke Walton? Or could Jackson actually branch out beyond his basketball familiarity and hire a coach to whom he has no previous ties? If he were thinking along those lines, Tom Thibodeau would certainly be a name under consideration. And apparently, there’s at least one person who thinks the former Bulls coach wants to end up in New York:
Source close to Tom Thibodeau: "The #Knicks are the job he's always wanted. He would crawl to Madison Square Garden."
Thibodeau racked up a fantastic 255-139 record as coach of the Bulls before the team fired him following last season. He made it to the Eastern Conference Finals once during that span.
Thibs has ties to New York, already. He was actually a Knicks assistant coach from 1996 to 2004 before heading to Houston to work for his former boss with the Knicks, Jeff Van Gundy. The Bulls eventually hired him as a head coach in 2010.