Maccabi Tel Aviv's David Blatt May Be Headed to the New York Knicks

Top American basketball journalist Chris Sheridan describes Blatt as 'the most successful coach in European basketball.'

Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach David Blatt celebrating their victory against Real Madrid at the end their Final Four semifinal basketball game on May 6, 2011. Reuters

Prominent American basketball journalist Chris Sheridan is touting Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt as a possible future coach of the New York Knicks.

According to Sheridan, newly appointed Nicks president Phil Jackson is likely to retain the services of current coach Mike Woodson to take the team into this season's NBA playoffs. But if Woodson fails, "there will be a new coach at the helm," Sheridan writes on his website Sheridan Hoops.

"Since Jackson is not ingratiated with the larger coaching fraternities out there, you can cross out names such as Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy and George Karl," Sheridan writes.

"Steve Kerr’s name has been thrown out there, and he is an intriguing candidate because he knows the triangle system. But two other coaches are known as system coaches, and both have stellar resumes.

"They are Jerry Sloan and David Blatt.

"David Who, you ask? He’s only the most successful coach in European basketball, and has been for quite some time. Plus, he went to school and played at Princeton with Knicks GM Steve Mills."

Much of Sheridan's latest podcast, Sheridan Hoops Radio, is also devoted to Blatt.