Jay Wright To The NBA?

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It may be a long shot, but at least one pro team may try to give it a shot. NY will hire a new head coach for the third time since 2014, when the organization parted ways with the last head coach who took the organization to the playoffs: Mike Woodson.

Knicks executives consider Wright to be just the man to revive a franchise that has struggled in recent years, according to a source with knowledge of the team.

Imagine Jay Wright giving up what he's built at Villanova, and what could lie ahead in the next ten years, for a failed three-year stint with the Knicks where everyone said it was a bad idea from the start. The track record of college coaches (even great ones) making the leap to the National Basketball Association is checkered with misfires and, for every Brad Stevens, there are multiple cases of flame-outs on the order of Rick Pitino and John Calipari. Names include Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, David Fizdale, David Blatt, among others. On the bright side, fans don't have to watch the team play another game until next October. A source told Isola that some in the Knicks front office feel Wright would be ideal for the rebuilding project that is underway in NY.

Hornacek, whom Jackson hired two years ago, had one season left on his three-year, $15 million dollar deal.

Though a person close to Wright told the Daily News that it would take a lot for him to leave. Kurt Rambis, the associate head coach under Hornacek, was also dismissed.

I mean, he'd have to be at least a little bright, given the run he's now on as head coach of the Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team.

He is also a native of the area. As soon as they got back to NY last night, he was a goner. They spoke about finding a coach who can relate to "today's players" and fully grasp analytics and development and the way the game has changed.

Jeff Van Gundy has demonstrated that he is ready to return to a full-time coaching job.

We have heard such declarations of patience before, as recently as 2014 when Phil Jackson, who was team president then, promised the most meticulous of reconstructions before locking himself into a 30-year-old gunner, Carmelo Anthony, and propping up the failing careers of Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose.

Still, it is hard to envision Jay Wright leaving Villanova, even with the allure of Madison Square Garden out there. "Patience hasn't been one of our biggest attributes here, and he's given us the room to be patient, to develop players, develop a culture within the organization".

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