In the recent past, Tom Thibodeau, principal candidate for the Knicks, has been opposed to imposing his technical staff on front office staff. He has always chosen his boys.
In this new era, basketball operations staff have taken the lead in building a coach’s staff. Knicks president Leon Rose said last month that he wants a coach who will “work with the front office”.
New Knicks executives should follow this trend. It has long been reported that the Knicks would like to retain provisional coach Mike Miller and will consider former head coach Mike Woodson for a part in the new staff.
Despite Thibodeau’s previous whims, sources tell The Post that he is open to change. It doesn’t seem to be a problem.
“He trusts Leon – that’s why,” an NBA source told The Post.
As Rose and Thibodeau approached the Creative Artists Agency, speculation that they have a similar relationship with new vice president William Wesley has been overstated, according to another source. Wesley was an AAC consultant but they were closer when Thibs was in Chicago.
Thibodeau would like at least some familiar face with him in New York if hired, certainly his longtime assistant Andy Greer and his right arm, Daisuke Yoshimoto.
Greer worked alongside Thibodeau on Jeff Van Gundy’s Knicks staff and followed him to Chicago and Minnesota. Yoshimoto, who started out as a video coordinator, was also with Thibodeau in Chicago and Minnesota.
Another prominent candidate would have been Andy’s brother Larry Greer, an assistant to Suns last season who was on the staff of Thibodeau’s Minnesota.
If the new Knicks regime is paying close attention during a seemingly endless 6½ week coaching quest, you can hardly blame owner James Dolan.