We already knew that the New York Knicks were adding some big names to Tom Thibodeau’s coaching staff, but on Friday the organization made it official.
The group includes University of Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, Jazz assistant Johnnie Bryant, former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, and longtime Thibodeau associates Andy Greer and Daisuke (Dice) Yoshimoto. Bryant will be the associate head coach.
“With these hires, we have added a wealth of basketball experience and knowledge that will be of great service to our players and our organization,” Thibodeau said in a statement. “All of our coaches have had a high level of success in college, the NBA or internationally. We are assembling a hard-working and well-rounded coaching staff that will embody everything we want to be about: accountability, development, teaching and a winning culture.”
So is that it? Are the Knicks done? Not quite, according to various beat writers. Marc Berman reported that Andy Greer’s brother Larry, who worked with under Thibs in Minnesota, could still join the staff.
There have been rumors that the front office wants to hire more development coaches to help out the many youngsters on the staff. Ian Begley is reporting that the Knicks still plan to add “...a significant number of development coaches to Thibodeau’s staff.”
Sounds good to me. Welcome to the Knicks, everybody. Welcome back, Woody!