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Report: Frank Vogel meets with Knicks president Phil Jackson to discuss head coaching position

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The New York Knicks' search for a new head coach has intensified in recent weeks and the franchise is believed to have compiled a list of finalists for the role.

According to the New York Daily News, former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel is the latest name to be included after he reportedly met with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills last week.

Vogel is the second coach to have met with Jackson after it was discovered that ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt also had a meeting with the 70-year-old.

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Alongside Vogel and Blatt, Kurt Rambis - who was the team's interim head coach after Derek Fisher was fired in February - completes a three-man shortlist for the job.  

It has been claimed in some quarters that Rambis is the preferred choice of Jackson to get the role but it appears the franchise is keen to explore all options instead of signing off on their president's wishes.

Per Ian Begley of ESPN, some in coaching circles have described Rambis' eventual hiring as a foregone conclusion, though league sources say that is inaccurate.  

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Unlike Rambis, Frank Vogel has a winning record as an NBA coach after departing the Pacers with the most wins of any coach in the franchise's history. 

The team decided not to renew the 42-year-old's contract and parted ways with the man who led them to two Eastern Conference Finals appearances during his tenure in Indianapolis. 

Despite losing his position, Vogel has built a reputation for himself as one of the league's best young coaches and as well as the Knicks, he has drawn interest from the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic who all have coaching vacancies at present.

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He departed Indiana with a 250-181 record over his six seasons as coach. By comparison, Rambis has a record of 65-164 after spells with the L.A. Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Knicks. 

The hiring of the 58-year-old would be an unpopular one in the Big Apple and will pile more pressure on Jackson who hasn't endeared himself to the Knicks faithful since signing a five-year $60 million contract in 2014. 

The former Lakers and Chicago Bulls head coach would preferably like somebody at the helm who will implement the triangle offence and he believes Rambis can do that.

Per ESPN, Jackson last month laid out some criteria for his coaching search. The team president made it clear that he's fully committed to running the triangle offence and will look mostly at candidates who have a prior relationship with him.

That would appear to put Blatt out of the frame but may leave some hope for Vogel as he served as an advanced scout for Jackson in Los Angeles in 2005-06, though the two never worked closely together.

Whatever the outcome, it seems the wheels are finally in motion in New York and a decision should be made sooner rather than later.

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