Kurt Rambis.

Report: Just one candidate in New York Knicks head coach hunt

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In recent weeks, there has been a number of names linked to the permanent head coaching role at the New York Knicks.

From Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton and those with Knicks links such Mark Jackson, to David Blatt and current interim coach Kurt Rambis, reports seemed to suggest there were a few candidates being considered by franchise president Phil Jackson.

According to veteran reporter Peter Vecsey, however, there has only ever been one "lone candidate", and that is the man currently who has been leading the team since February.

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Vecsey took to his official Twitter account to write:

"David Blatt isn't being considered for the Knicks opening. Never was, I'm told. Strictly a smokescreen, as is search by Jax (Phil Jackson). Rambis lone candidate."

Blatt, the former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, was linked to the vacant position back on April 12.

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Phil Jackson, meanwhile, was rumoured to have been in contact with Mark Jackson - a player for the franchise between 1987-1992 and again in the 2001-2002 season - and Luke Walton earlier this month.

According to Vecsey, however, the Knicks have never entertained any of the trio as serious candidates for the position.

That leaves Rambis, a close friend of Jackson's, with what appears to be a free run at the permanent job for the 2016-17 NBA season. 

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Having led the Knicks to a 9-19 record whilst in interim charge to end the 2015-16 campaign, it remains to be seen whether New York fans and players would be content with the appointment should it play out.

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