Report: Knicks to interview Spurs asst. Borrego, ex-Cavs coach Blatt
In the aftermath of Jeff Hornacek being fired, the New York Knicks will continue their pursuit of a new leader. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks will be interviewing San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt.
The Knicks are meeting with David Blatt in Europe next week on head coaching job, and plan also to interview Spurs assistant coach James Borrego, league sources tell me and @IanBegley.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 20, 2018
This news comes shortly after James Borrego turned down the head coaching job at the University of New Mexico to remain in San Antonio. David Blatt was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 after seemingly suffering from a rift with LeBron James; ironically, while having the best record in the Eastern Conference at the time. The Cavaliers went on to win the NBA Finals with Tyronn Lue as their head coach in seven games.
The Knicks are not as talented as the Cavaliers squad Blatt led, though. The Knicks are currently in rebuild mode, searching for the coach that will get the best out of their young talent. The Knicks have interviewed several candidates — from Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Budenholzer, David Blatt and James Borrego, not to mention TNT analyst Kenny Smith.
Whoever takes over the Knicks might be shorthanded in the first season of their tenure. It was recently reported that star forward Kristaps Porzingis could miss all of the 2018-19 season due to his ACL injury in early February. Knicks fans are going to have to be patient with their new coach this time around.