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Knicks interview Mike Brown for head coaching job, source says

Team management is beginning to decide on a hire among the 11 candidates.

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, left,

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, left, with head coach Steve Kerr during a practice on May 31, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. Credit: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Add Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown to the long list of candidates who have been interviewed for the Knicks’ head coaching job.

A league source confirmed on Tuesday that general manager Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills have talked to Brown about filling the vacancy created when Jeff Hornacek was fired at the end of the season. The addition of Brown to the candidate list was originally reported by ESPN.

Brown has been the coach of the Cavaliers and Lakers, amassing a record of 347-216. That includes six playoff appearances in seven full seasons, including an Eastern Conference championship in 2007 during his first stint as Cleveland’s coach

The Knicks have now interviewed 11 people for the job and management is now beginning to sift through the candidates to zero in on the hire.

The Knicks are searching for their 11th coach since the 2001-02 season. Mills and Perry hope this hire can help bring stability to a franchise that hasn’t reached the playoffs in five seasons.

Among those who have interviewed for the job are former Memphis coach David Fizdale, former Cleveland coach David Blatt, former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, former Golden State coach Mark Jackson, Heat assistant Juwan Howard, San Antonio assistant James Borrego, Toronto G League coach Jerry Stackhouse, Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, Clippers assistant Mike Woodson and television analyst Kenny Smith.

A league source did not rule out that the Knicks could interview additional candidates, though indications are that they are ready to conclude the interviewing process and could announce a decision by early next week.

After the Knicks fired Hornacek following a 29-53 season, Perry and Mills talked about wanting to find a strong defensive coach, who can relate well with the players and will hold them accountable.

“Today’s players are very different from yesterday’s players,” Mills said in a meeting with reporters after the end of the season. “So you have to be a person that understands who these guys are, where they come from, what their basketball journey is.”

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