May 16, 2016, 7:02 am
Frank Vogel became the second candidate to meet face-to-face with Knicks president Phil Jackson, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Vogel joins David Blatt as the only free agent coaches who have met with Jackson and becomes the third candidate for the Knicks head coaching gig along with Blatt and interim coach Kurt Rambis. While many had considered Jackson choosing Rambis a sure thing, it appears that the Knicks will be doing more than just window shopping before they settle on a coach.
Jackson laid out some of the criteria of his coaching search, namely that a coaching candidate can run the triangle offense and that it’s preferred that Jackson has worked with any potential bench boss in the past.
While Vogel did work as an advance scout for the Lakers in 2005, he never ran the triangle in Indiana.
Vogel would be a solid hire for the Knicks. He was unjustly fired from his post in Indiana after overachieving this season, and a jump from Kurt Rambis to Vogel would be huge for the team. The man knows how to coach defense and would surely improve that end of the floor for the Knicks as New York finished 18th in defensive efficiency this past season. As for that pesky triangle, it’s unknown whether that’s something Vogel would be interested in. Even if he has to work that out on the fly, he’s still likely an improvement over Rambis.
It remains to be seen which avenue Jackson takes, but Knicks fans who suffered through the last half of 2015-16 are surely desperate for a new approach.