Tom Thibodeau has confirmed that the Knicks front office will have input regarding his coaching staff – sources in the process say he is new to it as he has previously picked up his own guys.
Scott Perry of GM Knicks argued that Thibodeau “will have autonomy over the tenant.” However, The Post reported new executive vice president William Wesley has put pressure on Thibodeau to diversify his coaching staff from previous stints in Chicago and Minnesota. Mike Woodson and Mike Miller, the former Knicks interim coach, are expected to be on Thibodeau’s staff. Miller had one year left on his contract. Wesley hit Woodson when he coached the Knicks.
“No final decisions have been made,” Thibodeau said in his introductory Zoom call on Thursday. to your team, what you think you need.I think you always meet with your front office to go over the people you think can help you.
“I am confident that we will be seated, I will listen [to] people who have, I’ll recommend to some people I know. Some of them will be on both lists. I’m really comfortable with that. I think we will have good staff and I look forward to getting started. ”
The Post has already reported that Thibodeau will want his longtime assistant Andy Greer and possibly his brother Larry. The Greers are both natives of Manhattan. Andy and Thibodeau were assistants on the Knicks and Andy went with him to Chicago and Minnesota. Larry was an assistant to Thibodeau in Minnesota.
Another major lieutenant of Thibodeau is Dice Yoshimoto, who was with him in Chicago and Minnesota and is considered his utility. Thibodeau can also bring back Rick Brunson, the ex-Knick who was Leon Rose’s first client. Brunson worked on Thibodeau staff in Chicago and Minnesota but resigned in 2018 for allegations of misconduct in the workplace.
Wesley is also close to Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, and a Kentucky media outlet reported that he will be considered. One source said Payne may not be interested. Payne recently told The Post former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox needs to turn the page from last season and new coaching staff could help him reach his potential.