Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Paul Hewitt and the Knicks

Another mention of the NY Knicks and their head coaching search, now that Phil Jackson is off the board with the Lakers:

If Laimbeer might seem like an unusual choice given his lack of NBA coaching experience, it's possible Thomas might spring a bigger surprise by naming someone whose name hasn't been mentioned. College coaches Paul Hewitt of Georgia Tech, Rick Pitino of Louisville and John Calipari of Memphis all have been reported as candidates, and Michigan State's Tom Izzo was seen talking with Thomas at the NBA pre-draft camp last week in Chicago.

But Thomas is said to be "thinking outside the box," and he might have another sleeper choice under serious consideration. It's unlikely Thomas will name a coach before the June 28 draft while he waits for Brown to clarify his status.