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 has previously chosen his boys.
GM Knicks Scott Perry said Thibodeau “will have the autonomy of who he hires.” However, The Post reported that new Executive Vice President William Wesley is lobbying for Thibodeau to diversify his coaching staff from previous screenings in Chicago and Minnesota. Mike Woodson and Mike Miller, the Knicks’ interim former coach, are expected to be at Thibodeau’s headquarters. Miller has one year left on his contract. Wesley repelled Woodson while training the Knicks.
“No final decisions have been made,”
“I am sure we will sit down and listen [to] people who have, I will recommend to some people I know. Some of them will be on both lists. I’m really pleased with that. I think we will have a great staff and I look forward to starting with him. “
The Post has already announced that Thibodeau will want his longtime assistant Andy Greer and possibly his brother Larry. The Greens are also natives of Manhattan. Andy and Thibodeau were Knicks assistants and Andy went with him to Chicago and Minnesota. Larry was Thibodeau’s assistant in Minnesota.
Another key lieutenant of Thibodeau is Dais Yoshimoto, who was with him in Chicago and Minnesota and is considered his employee. Thibodeau may also bring back Rick Brunson, the former Knik, who was Leon Rose’s first client. Brunson worked for Thibodeau’s team in Chicago and Minnesota, but resigned in 2018 due to allegations of workplace abuse.
Wesley is also close to Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, and Kentucky media reported that he will be considered. One source said Payne might not be interested. Payne recently told The Post that former Kentucky striker Kevin Knox should turn the page from last season and a new coaching staff could help him reach his potential.