Our long nightmare has finally ended: The Westchester Knicks have a coach!
Knicks will announce tomorrow their new DLeague coach for Westchester Kevin Whitted.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) October 7, 2014
So who is this man entrusted with turning Thanasis Antetokounmpo into a future NBA superstar? Whitted was a three-year starter at the University of Tennessee, where he played with a scrawny kid by the name of Allan Houston. Here's a mini documentary on his journey from player to coach:
He has coached the ABA's Atlanta Vision, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs of the Tobacco Road Basketball League, and various other small-time franchises. His only previous connection with New York came as an assistant coach with the Springfield Armor back in 2009, when that club was affiliated with the Knicks.
Here is one of his coaching videos. I enjoyed the moody, atmospheric soundtrack, and his cone placement can only be described as "elite."
In case you were wondering: Yes, he has an (unverified) Twitter page. Here is his final tweet, from August 2012:
Thanks for tuning in!— Kevin D Whitted (@CoachKWhitted) August 16, 2012
No, coach...thank you!
Unfortunately, the link to kevinwhittedbasketball.com from his Twitter account took me to a GoDaddy page. Judging by the ads, Coach Whitted is quite interested with my concealed carry rights and how to cheat on my credit score.
Former Phil Jackson disciple Craig Hodges had been rumored to be in the running. He would have been my choice -- he knows the Triangle, he was an elite three-point shooter, and he once wore a dashiki to the White House. If you want to start any "Allan Houston is ignoring Jackson and picking his own boys" conspiracy theories, feel free to do so in the comments section.
I wish you good luck in Westchester, Coach Whitted. If Thanasis fails to develop, I will hold you personally responsible.