Tom Thibodeau confirmed that the Knicks frontman will have inputs regarding his coaching staff – procedural sources say he is new to him because he had previously chosen his own men.
Knicks GM Scott Perry claimed that Thibodeau “will have autonomy in who he hires.” But The Post reported that new executive vice president William Wesley lobbied for Thibodeau to diversify his coaching staff from previous internships in Chicago and Minnesota. Mike Woodson and Mike Miller, a former Knicks temporary coach, are expected to be on Thibodeau’s staff. Miller has a year left on his contract. Wesley repeated Woodson as he coached the Knicks.
“No final decisions have been made,”; Thibodeau said in his inaugural Zoom call on Thursday. “But when you put your employees together, you look at the qualities that you think best suit your team, what you think you need. I think you always sit in your front office and go after people you think can help you.
“I’m sure we’ll sit down, I’ll listen.” [to] people they have, i will recommend some people I know. Some of them will be on both lists. I’m really fine with that. I think we’ll get great staff and I’m looking forward to starting with that. “
The post has already stated that Thibodeau will want his long-term assistant Andy Greer and possibly his brother Larry. The Greers are natives of Manhattan. Andy and Thibodeau were Knicks assistants, and Andy went with him to Chicago and Minnesota. Larry was an assistant to Thibodeau in Minnesota.
Another key lieutenant of Thibodeau is Dice Yoshimoto, who was with him in Chicago and Minnesota and is considered his useful husband. Thibodeau was also able to bring back Rick Brunson, a former Knick who was Leon Rose’s first client. Brunson worked for Thibodeau employees in Chicago and Minnesota, but in 2018 he resigned from allegations of workplace misconduct.
Wesley is also close to Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, and a media outlet in Kentucky said he should consider it. One source said Payne may not be interested. Payne recently said former Kentucky MP Kevin Knox needs to turn the page from last season and new coaching staff can help him reach his potential.