Knicks HC Rumors: David Fizdale, David Blatt, Mark Jackson Among Candidates

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2018

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 30:  Head Coach David Fizdale of the Memphis Grizzlies watching his team during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the FedEx Forum on October 30, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 104-99.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Former NBA head coaches David Fizdale, David Blatt and Mark Jackson—as well as longtime guard Jerry Stackhouse, who currently coaches in the G League—are among the early contenders to become the New York Knicks' next head coach.

On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reported Jeff Hornacek's firing and provided the early list of potential replacements.

Fizdale served as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies from May 2016 through November 2017. He compiled a 50-51 record before getting terminated following a 7-12 start to the current campaign.

The 43-year-old won two NBA championships while serving as a Miami Heat assistant coach.

Blatt, the 2014 EuroLeague Coach of the Year, never meshed with LeBron James after moving stateside to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. That frayed relationship is the main reason he was let go after less than two seasons despite going 83-40.

He and the Cavs went to the 2015 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors. He currently coaches Darussafaka in Turkey.

Jackson was born and raised in New York City, and the point guard had two stints with the Knicks. He was the Rookie of the Year for the 1987-88 season and made his only All-Star Game in 1989.

Jackson finished three seasons as head coach of the Golden State Warriors with a 121-109 record before getting let go after the 2013-14 campaign.

Stackhouse, who earned two All-Star nods during his playing days, is now a rising star in the coaching world. He was named D-League Coach of the Year last season after leading the Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors' affiliate, to a championship during his first year in charge.

He told The Ringer last March he hoped taking a job in what's now known as the G League would eventually lead to a head coaching gig in the NBA.

Ian Begley of ESPN.com listed Jeff Van Gundy, Monty Williams, David Vanterpool, Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka as other potential replacements for Hornacek.

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