The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov reported in June that Fleming was on the Knicks' list of interviewees. Ian Begley of SNY reported the team was expected to look at around eight to 10 candidates as it seeks a permanent replacement for David Fizdale.
A native of New jersey, Fleming played professionally for QTSV/Artland Dragons in Germany for six seasons. He then coached the team for eight years, collecting four Basketball Bundesliga titles.
In March 2017, ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz listed Fleming as one of his top NBA assistants to watch in terms of head coaching potential:
"Three smart front-office folks who keep stock of the NBA's coaching ranks named Fleming one of their favorite below-the-radar prospects. They see a guy who carved out a unique path overseas. They see a grinder in a cutthroat job that requires superb communications skills and an appreciation for players of vastly different backgrounds, ages and pedigrees. Fleming is regarded as terrific with people, but he's no softie, either—his personality profile is similar to that of his boss in Brooklyn."
Haynes also called Fleming an "innovative offensive architect."
The Bulls sit 29th in offensive rating (105.8), per NBA.com, but holding that against Fleming would be somewhat unfair. The roster is still young and developing, and head coach Jim Boylen deserves his fair share of the blame for the team's struggles on that end.
The logic behind the Knicks' interest in Fleming is obvious.
They could target a proven head coach with a wealth of experience and a successful track record. Tom Thibodeau would fit into that category.
With a lengthy rebuild likely ahead, however, hiring somebody who can develop younger players makes far more sense. Kenny Atkinson got kicked to the curb in March, but his work in improving the Brooklyn Nets' unheralded roster was instrumental in the team reaching the 2019 playoffs and helping the Nets land Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in free agency shortly after.
Whether Fleming is the choice or not, that is arguably the Knicks' best path going forward.