NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have interviewed former Cleveland coach David Blatt for their head coaching position, a person with knowledge of the details said Wednesday.
Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson met with Blatt this week, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the coaching search are private.
Blatt's interview was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Blatt was fired by the Cavaliers after leading them to the NBA Finals last year in his first season and a 30-11 record this season. The longtime successful international coach was a teammate at Princeton with Knicks general manager Steve Mills.
The Cavaliers led the Eastern Conference when they fired Blatt and promoted Tyronn Lue to coach.
Kurt Rambis finished the season as Knicks interim coach after Jackson fired Derek Fisher in February. Jackson has said his preference is to hire someone he knows, naming Rambis as the only person who would definitely get an interview.
Rambis was only 9-19 as the Knicks faltered to the finish after a solid start. But he is close with Jackson, whom he worked under in Los Angeles, and runs the triangle offense that Jackson utilized while winning an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach.
Jackson also spoke recently with Golden State assistant Luke Walton, one of his former players, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr stressed that it wasn't an interview.
Jackson said after the season he had no timetable for a decision, saying it could be May or it could be July.