The Knicks’ front office has a decision to make regarding the head coach position. Interim coach Mike Miller righted the ship somewhat after David Fizdale was canned, steering the team to a 17-27 record. That is pretty good, considering the lack of talent, ill-fitting parts and youth on the squad.
But these are still the Knicks, and the Knicks usually chase the biggest name. That name is Tom Thibodeau, who remains the presumptive front-runner for the position. Miller will get an interview, but it looks to be a formality at this point.
So does that mean Miller’s time in New York is about to come to an end? Maybe not, according to Ian Begley. Apparently, there are some in the front office who would like to keep Miller around as an assistant.
People within the Knicks organization have a strong desire to keep Mike Miller on their coaching staff even if he doesn't get the head coaching job.— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) June 6, 2020
I can certainly see why the Knicks would be keen on keeping Miller. He did an excellent job as a G League coach in Westchester — his teams consistently ranked high in defensive efficiency — and the Knicks actually defended like an above-average team with him at the helm. If they’re not going to give him the head job, they might as well keep a strong defensive mind on the bench.
But would Miller want to stay? And would someone like Thibodeau, who I’m sure has a ton of his own candidates for assistant jobs, want the previous head coach on the bench beside him?
We’ll know the answer soon enough.