Those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for news of Knicks D-League assistant coaching staff hires can finally rest a little easier tonight. CRAIG HODGES IS COMING TO WESTCHESTER.
The #Knicks will add ex Chicago Bull Craig Hodges to the organization as an assistant coach for the D League team, per league sources.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 26, 2014
Hodges was rumored to be in the running for the head coaching gig back in September, but ultimately lost out to long-time minor league coach (and Allan Houston's former college teammate) Kevin Whitted. Unlike Whitted, Hodges comes into this job with true Zen Master bona fides, having played for Phil Jackson in Chicago and coached under him in Los Angeles.
This looks to be a solid hire for several reasons. Hodges has plenty of RINGZZZZ between his time playing for the Bulls and coaching with the Lakers. More importantly, he was an all-time great three-point shooter, twice leading the NBA in three-point percentage and thrice winning the All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout.
This is exactly the kind of mentor needed to turn young Thanasis Antetokounmpo into the gold standard for 3-and-D wings. While he's at it, he might as well mold Travis Wear into a stretch 4 who can knock down 40 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. That would be great.
Hodges also proves to be a fascinating subject off the court. He wore a dashiki to the White House and handed George H.W. Bush a letter demanding more equitable treatment for African-Americans. He later sued the NBA, claiming that the owners colluded to blackball him from the league. And all of this went down after his wife doused him with gasoline and tried to set him on fire.
Scandal! Three-pointers! Vengeful, scorned lovers! This dude should totally hang out with J.R. Smith.
Here he is discussing his philosophies on basketball...and life!
Welcome to New York, Mr. Hodges...more or less. If you turn Thanasis into an NBA player you will win my undying love for all eternity.