Report: Phil Jackson has met with David Blatt regarding Knicks head-coach vacancy

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The New York Knicks might just be the definition of a sleeping giant in the NBA.

Although they might not see themselves in a precarious state the likes of which the L.A Lakers are exhibiting on the opposite coast, the Knicks have undoubtedly floundered in the past three seasons.

They have failed to make the playoffs during that period and are the not-so-proud owners of an 86-160 record.

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This summer represents a chance to set things straight in the Big Apple, and the search for a new head coach to steer the ship is well underway, albeit progressing slowly.

Ian Begley of ESPN has reported that Knicks president Phil Jackson met with ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt on Monday to discuss the team's head-coaching vacancy, according to league sources.

The report goes on to state, however, that interim coach Kurt Rambis remains a strong favourite for the post giving his ties to the organisation's president.

Begley reports: "Rambis is receiving strong consideration to stay on despite his modest 9-19 record as interim coach because Jackson views him as the coach best suited to not only run the triangle offense he favours, but also to manage the team using Jackson's long-held principles, as first reported earlier this month."

Reports last week also suggested that Jackson had spoken with Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton regarding the vacancy, however, both parties have dismissed the claims that it was an actual interview.

Derek Fisher was relieved of his duties in New York on February 8 after failing to improve the franchise's fortunes on the court. It seems a little bit contrived that Fisher would suffer that fate at that particular point in the season. By that notion, there are plenty others responsible in the 'city that never sleeps'.

The failings of Fisher should also act as evidence that having played under Jackson and having a working knowledge of the fabled triangle offence doesn't necessarily guarantee results in today's league.

The Knicks need more quality to carry out Jackson's vision, and that blame doesn't fall at the coaches doorstep.

Still, Blatt is a known quantity to Knicks general manager Steve Mills, who played with the former Cavaliers coach at Princeton. That might work in his favour in this instance, but it is thought that Jackson is heading up a thorough and, if need be, lengthy search for the Knicks' next head coach.

Ultimately, rightly or wrongly, Jackson will appoint a man that he believes can best embody a younger him on the pine. His ethos and methods are a pre-requisite for any coach taking the job on, and if it is ultimately Rambis, the Knicks faithful have already had a small taste of what their team would look like.

Will Jackson venture further afield in a bid to progress the Knicks?

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