The New York Knicks will meet this week with "three of the top candidates" for their head coaching vacancy—David Fizdale, Mark Jackson and Jerry Stackhouse—according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
Additionally, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported the team reached out to former coaches Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, who work as NBA analysts for ESPN, and is also interested in former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.
Wojnarowski reported the Knicks scheduled a meeting with Blatt.
Suffice to say, the Knicks seem to be casting a wide net as they seek stability at head coach.
Ian Begley of ESPN.com passed along comments by general manager Scott Perry about the qualities the team is looking for in a coach:
"I have no thought about necessarily disqualifiers, but I think being in a place like New York, a candidate is going to need enough experience dealing with all you [media]. But, also ... enough coaching experience and enough experience in terms of communicating, developing and [showing] some sort of empowerment of getting guys to buy into a vision and competing at a high level."
As for the team's reported top three candidates, Fizdale, 43, served as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies for one season plus 19 games, going 50-51 before he was fired early this season. He also worked as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat.
Jackson, 53, was a one-time All-Star during his playing career and was the Warriors' head coach from 2011-12 to 2013-14, going 121-109 while leading the team to two postseason appearances. He was replaced by Steve Kerr, who has since led the team to two NBA titles and three NBA Finals appearances.
Stackhouse, 43, was a two-time All-Star in his playing career and a Toronto Raptors assistant coach. He has been the head coach of Toronto's G League affiliate, Raptors 905, since September 2016.