New York Knicks Hiring Mark Jackson As New Head Coach
The New York Knicks are hiring Mark Jackson as their new head coach, that much is clear.
New York made headlines on Friday when it fired head coach David Fizdale after less than two years.
Fizdale went 21-83 over his brief time with the Knicks and his .202 winning percentage was the fifth worst among coaches with a minimum of 100 games over the last 30 seasons.
The bottom line is that Fizdale is not a good a coach, but there is also no denying the fact that New York has had 12 head coaches since 1999-2000.
With Fizdale being shown the door, the obvious question now is: who is next up?
Well, based on who is available out there and their potential ties with the Knicks, Jackson seems like an obvious choice.
Opening odds to be the Knicks next head coach (BetOnline):
Mark Jackson +500
Kenny Smith +600
Ettore Messina +700
David Blatt +800
James Borrego +900
Juwan Howard +900
Jeff Van Gundy +1000
Jay Larranaga +1400
Jerry Stackhouse +1400
Mike Woodson +1400
Monty Williams +1400
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) December 7, 2019
According to Odds Shark, Jackson is currently the +500 favorite to be the person James Dolan ends up hiring next.
Jackson, 54, was the New York’s first-round pick in 1987.
As a head coach, Jackson was 121-109 in three seasons with the Golden State Warriors before being let go in 2014.
Steve Kerr ultimately stepped into his role and subsequently turned that very same Warriors team into one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
Is Jackson the right man to turn New York around?
Is he probably going to get hired despite of that?
All signs point to the answer being a resounding yes.