- David Thorpe, NBA
In college basketball, the best athletic directors keep with them a list of the top coaching candidates for their teams so that they are immediately prepared to move if one of their coaches leaves suddenly.
NBA general managers and team owners, however, rarely prepare that way. So we begin the speculation on who will succeed Mike D'Antoni, who resigned from the New York Knicks on Wednesday, with two men who have established iconic brands in their professions.
Is the timing right for Phil Jackson or John Calipari to take the reins of a talented, yet underachieving team like the Knicks? Here's a look at how each coach would fit in.
David Thorpe evaluates how the big-name coaches being mentioned as possible candidates to take over as the next Knicks' head coach, Phil Jackson and John Calipari, would fare in New York with the team's current roster.