One of those teams is the Knicks, who have embarked on a coaching search. While former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has long been viewed as the leading candidate to fill the vacancy, indications are the Knicks have another individual on their radar as well.
New York plans to interview Philadelphia assistant Ime Udoka, Shams Charania of the Athletic reported Wednesday afternoon.
That fact is pertinent to the Bulls because the expectation is Udoka would be on Chicago’s short list of candidates should the organization fire coach Jim Boylen, according to reporting from the Athletic and the Sun-Times. A Boylen exit would come as no surprise, as the Sun-Times has reported that the new management regime of Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley is leaning toward letting Boylen go after receiving mixed feedback from players about him. Nonetheless, the methodical Karnisovas has maintained that he wants to get to know Boylen better and watch him work in person, a process that didn’t start until recently as the pandemic forced Karnisovas to work remotely after being hired on April 13.
As in any coaching carousel, there can exist a smoke-and-mirrors dynamic to any leak, any rumor, any expressed desire. So there are multiple prisms through which to consider this Udoka-Knicks development.
The Knicks may view Thibodeau as the clubhouse le