Report: Ex-Cavs coach David Blatt in the running for Knicks job

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After beginning the 2015-16 NBA season under the guidance of Derek Fisher, the New York Knicks will end the year with Kurt Rambis as interim head coach. 

Who will be in charge come the 2016-17 campaign, however, is unclear at this stage.

Rambis is seen by many as the favourite to be handed the position on a full-time basis during the offseason but, according to a report from ESPN, former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt is also in contention.

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Per ESPN reporter Ian Begley, whilst Rambis remains the front-runner, Knicks president Phil Jackson "views Blatt favourably" and is thought to be considering the 56-year-old for the position.

The report also suggests the fact that Blatt played college basketball with current Knicks General Manager Steve Mills at Princeton University could give the ex-Cavs coach an advantage.

Blatt only has 123 games of coaching experience in the NBA having been fired by Cleveland on January 22. The Boston-born coach did, though, take the Cavs to the NBA Finals in his one full season in charge of the franchise and departed having accumulated an 83-40 record and an impressive .732 win percentage.

Having played his entire professional career in Israel, Blatt's prior coaching experience also came in the nation in which he shares dual nationality. He is a seven-time Israeli League Coach of the Year whilst also being named Euroleague Coach of the Year in 2014.

His time in Cleveland, however, was often marred by questions over his ability to get the best out of a star-studded roster that includes the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. 

Whether, then, Knicks fans would be pleased to see him take over in New York at a time when the franchise is hoping for a big splash in 2016 free agency is uncertain.

The fact that Blatt - a man with no prior links to the triangle offense - is being considered for the job may at least please those fans hoping to see the Knicks move away from Jackson's tried and trusted system moving forward.

Alongside Rambis and Blatt, other names likely to be in contention for the head coaching gig over the next few months include Tom Thibodeau, Luke Walton and Mark Jackson. Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has also been touted as a possible hire.

Whoever takes on the role will certainly have a big job on their hands.

The Knicks, 9-18 since Rambis took interim charge, currently occupy 13th position in the Eastern Conference with just one game to play having compiled a 32-49 record in 2015-16.

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