Tom Thibodeau has confirmed that the Knicks front office will contribute to his coaching staff – sources in the trial say it is new to him because he used to pick his guys.
Mr Kicks Scott Perry said Thibodeau “would have autonomy over who he hired”. However, The Post reported that new executive vice president William Wesley was lobbying Thibodeau to diversify his coaching staff from previous positions in Chicago and Minnesota. Mike Woodson and Mike Miller, interim former Knix coach, are expected to be part of Thibodeau. Miller has one year left on his contract. Wesley repulsed Woodson while training Knox.
“No final decisions have been made,”; Thibodeau said in an introductory call to Zoom on Thursday. “But when you gather your employees, you look at the qualities that you think best suit your team. I think you always sit down with your front office to move on to people you think might help.
“I am sure we will sit down, I will listen [to] to the people they have, I will recommend those I know. Some of them will be on both lists. I’m really comfortable with that. I think we will have a great staff and I look forward to working with that. “
The post has already reported that Thibodeau wants his longtime assistant Andy Greer and possibly his brother Larry. Grays are both from Manhattan. Andy and Thibodeau were assistants to Knox, and Andy went with him to Chicago and Minnesota. Larry was Thibodeau’s assistant in Minnesota.
Another key lieutenant of Tibodo is Dis Yoshimoto, who was with him in Chicago and Minnesota and is considered his useful man. Thibodeau could also bring back Rick Brunson, a former Knik who was Leon Rose’s first client. Brunson worked in Thibodo, Chicago and Minnesota, but resigned in 2018 on charges of misconduct in the workplace.
Wesley is also close to Kentucky aide Kenny Payne, and the Kentucky media reported that he is being considered. One source said Payne might not be interested. Payne recently told The Post that former Kentucky striker Kevin Knox needs to turn the page from last season, and a new coaching staff can help him reach his potential.