With Derek Fisher getting fired on Monday from his head coach position for the New York Knicks, bookies did not wait long to release NBA odds on who will be filling in for him.
Well, it finally happened, the Knicks' head coach Derek Fisher was fired on Monday only after a little less than two years working for the team, even though he had signed a 5-year contract. The Knicks are 23-32 SU this season and 1-9 in their L10. It has not been confirmed that Fisher was removed from the staff because of his really bad performance, but with that record, you can’t rule it out completely. Something is certain, though, oddsmakers at Bookmaker have already released a list of possible names for the next one in line waiting to fill in the spot, but who will help the New York Knicks to improve their NBA betting odds? Well, according to Bookmaker, the possible candidates are:
For now, assistant coach Kurt Rambis has been tabbed as the interim head coach while an actual successor is named. It is far from happening to see Rambis get the full time job, but you never know, maybe he’ll get them to play amazingly and blow our minds. Phil Jackson, Knicks’ president will most likely be desperate to find the right fit for his team, and unless he decides to leave the box of the association and find someone from outside, he will definitely be debating between the first two favorites. The NBA odds show that Tom Thibodeau (+400) is the favorite for now, followed closely by Luke Walton (+490). It is possible to say, though, that who wouldn’t want Luke Walton to lead their team after his excellent job as interim coach with the Golden State Warriors? Still, Jackson would have to wait until the end of the season to try and lure Walton in, as the Knicks will not be the only team that will want to work with the Warriors’ (48-4 SU this season, 10-0 in their L10) coach.
As for Thibodeau, he is close to Phil Jackson, something that the president will be looking for, and he has last coached the Bulls and Team USA. Also worth mentioning that, unlike Walton, Thibodeau could be hired tomorrow if they wanted to, which means that if the Knicks feel like they can still make it to the playoffs, this will put more pressure on Jackson, whose hurry will determine which way he will go when choosing his new head coach. For now, we will restrain from making any NBA picks, and will see how it goes for the Knicks as they face the Nets on Friday while sitting on the 12th position of the Eastern Conference standings.