Report: David Blatt Met Phil Jackson About Knicks Coaching Job

It is unclear what his chances are and if the meeting was a smokescreen to hide the team's intention to hire interim coach Kurt Rambis.

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt during a NBA playoff basketball game against the Boston Celtics, April 23, 2015.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt during a NBA playoff basketball game against the Boston Celtics, April 23, 2015.Credit: AP
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David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly met with New York Knicks president Phil Jackson on Monday.

The Vertical reported that Blatt met with Jackson about the Knick's head coaching job. However, it was not clear what his chances were and whether the meeting was meant to hide the team's intention to hire interim coach Kurt Rambis full-time.

Blatt played college hoops with Knicks general manager Steve Mills at Princeton in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Blatt was fired from the Cavaliers at a time when the team had the best record in the Eastern Conference. Some claimed the team’s superstar, LeBron James, undermined the coach. Blatt had led the Cavs to the 2015 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

On Wednesday it was reported that Blatt is possibly being considered for the same post with the Los Angeles Lakers. Blatt was listed this week in an ESPN report, citing unnamed league sources, as one of 10 potential candidates on the NBA team’s “long list” to replace Byron Scott, who the Lakers announced Sunday will not be returning next season.

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