Interim bench boss Kurt Rambis remains the presumed leading candidate for the coaching gig in New York, but David Blatt at least reportedly got an audience with Knicks president Phil Jackson earlier this week.

The Zen Master insists on hiring someone who will run his beloved Triangle Offense.

Blatt was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in January.

Per Yahoo:

Interim coach Kurt Rambis has remained a strong frontrunner to become the full-time coach, and it is unclear if the Blatt meeting was more than a token appearance in a coaching search. Jackson has been determined to continue to run his triangle offense, and Rambis has been a loyal disciple of the system.

 

Blatt, 59, has history with Knicks general manager Steve Mills. They played together at Princeton in the 1970s.

 

After reaching the NBA Finals in his first NBA season and starting 2015-16 with a 30-11 record, Blatt was fired as Cleveland Cavaliers coach in January. He was 83-40 in his Cavaliers tenure. Blatt joined the NBA after an illustrious two decades of pronounced success in the Euroleague and with FIBA basketball as the Russian national coach.