Jay Wright turned down a possible interview opportunity with the Knicks because he wanted to remain in his current role as head coach of Villanova.
"It's not that you're not interested, I just don't want to leave," said to the New York Post. "It's the Knicks. You love the Garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I just know I don't want to leave Villanova."
The Knicks ultimately hired David Fizdale to replace Jeff Hornacek, who was fired after the team's season came to an end. Fizdale previously served as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzles.
"You would love that opportunity, that challenge, especially in New York, especially the Knicks, but you have to leave your job, and I love my job," Wright continued. "It's not that I don't want that challenge, or those [NBA] teams [that have expressed interest]. I love what I have. I don't want to mess with happy."
Wright, who has served as the head coach of Villanova since 2001, has led his team to the NCAA Championship in two of the last three seasons.