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The Knicks hired DeSagana Diop as the head coach of their G League team


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The Knicks have a new head coach...the Westchester Knicks, that is. Former NBA center DeSagana Diop will replace Derrick Alston as the head coach of the Knicks’ G League franchise.

You may remember Diop from his playing days. A native of Senegal, he was drafted No. 8 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2001. He played 12 years in the league as a respected defensive big man with the Cavs, Mavericks, Nets and Bobcats. Here’s a Diop highlight mix from the mid-aughts that you probably didn’t know you needed.

Since retirement, Diop has worked as a coach in the G League, and also with the Rockets and Jazz. He was on Utah’s staff with Knicks assistant coach Johnnie Bryant. Marc Berman is already speculating — as he loves to do — that Diop could join the Knicks if they fire head coach Tom Thibodeau and promote Bryant. Personally, I wouldn’t mind that...every NBA coaching staff should have a ridiculously huge former center.

Welcome to the Knicks, big guy!