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Knicks To Begin Coaching Search With Tom Thibodeau Considered Frontrunner

Jun 4, 2020 2:30 PM

The New York Knicks will soon begin their search for a new head coach now that their 19-20 season is officially over.

Tom Thibodeau is considered "a frontrunner out of the gate," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Knicks are also expected to consider Kenny Atkinson and Mike Miller.

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James Dolan Condemns, Rejects 'Racism Against Anyone, Period' In Second Email

Jun 3, 2020 2:01 AM

James Dolan sent out a second email clarifying his lack of response regarding the death of George Floyd.

Knicks players and employees were reportedly "furious" over a lack of a public statement from Dolan. Dolan sent out an email on Monday discussing why the organization stayed silent over the weekend.

Dolan sent out a second email on Tuesday further clarifying his position, saying that the Knicks "vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period." 

Dolan's email is below:

Yesterday, I made a sincere attempt to provide my perspective on a very difficult issue, one that has no easy answers. I know how important this topic is to so many, and I do not want there to be any confusion about where I as an individual, or we as a company stand. So let me be clear: we vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period. It is against every value that we hold dear.

My point yesterday was about actions, and the importance of living your values. At Madison Square Garden, we have worked hard to build an environment of inclusion and mutual respect and those are the values that we try to live every day. Racism is born of ignorance and it's up to each of us to understand that the person working beside you is your equal without regard to color, or any of the other qualities that make us diverse. And any injustice to one person is an injustice to everyone.

This is how we at MSG fight racism. We start with ourselves, and through our actions, we define who we are. That is how we can be an example to the wider world. That was the point of my message yesterday.

I am proud of the environment you have created here. I know that this is a difficult time, and that we will always need to communicate with one another on the hard issues. I will continue to do as much as I can to help make our community even better. I know you will also.

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Knicks Players, Employees Reportedly 'Furious' Over Lack Of Public Statement About George Floyd

Jun 2, 2020 1:35 AM

New York Knicks players and employees are reportedly "furious" over the team's lack of a public statement surrounding the death of George Floyd, reported Pablo Torre of ESPN.

James Dolan sent out an internal email on Monday addressing why the organization has stayed silent.

The email is below:

We know that some of you have asked about whether our company is going to make a public statement about the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. I want you to know, I realize the importance of the issue. Therefore, I want you to understand our internal position. 

This is a turbulent time in our country. The coronavirus and civil unrest have taken their toll on our way of life. We at Madison Square Garden stand by our values of a respectful and peacful workplce. We always will. 

As companies in the business of sports and entertainment we are not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters. What's important is how we operate. Our companies are committed to upholding our values, which include creating a respectful workplace for all, and that will never change. What we say to each other matters. How we treat each other matters. And that's what will get us through this difficult time.

Pablo Torre/ESPN

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Tom Thibodeau Is 'Heavy Favorite' To Become Head Coach Of Knicks

May 31, 2020 12:49 PM

Tom Thibodeau is reportedly the "heavy favorite" to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks, sources told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Thibodeau is so confident of receiving the job that he is making calls to assemble a coaching staff.

Thibodeau and Knicks president Leon Rose previously worked together while Rose was still an agent at CAA. 

Mike Miller and Kenny Atkinsons also remain candidates for the role. 

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

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Steve Mills 'Reached Out' To Patrick Ewing During Knicks' Coaching Search In 2018

May 30, 2020 1:30 PM

Then-New York Knicks president Steve Mills "reached out" to Patrick Ewing during their coaching search in 2018, league sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Ewing, who had just finished up his first season as Georgetown coach, was not prepared to leave his position.

Ewing previously stated in 2015 that he would never want a college head-coaching role due to the emphasis on recruiting.

A Georgetown run to the Sweet 16 would improve Ewing's chances of becoming an NBA head coach, according to sources. 

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson, Mike Miller To Interview For Knicks' Job

May 27, 2020 1:32 PM

The New York Knicks are expected to interview Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Atkinson and Mike Miller for their head coaching vacancy

Thibodeau is widely considered to be the top candidate for the job.

Atkinson was fired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets in March.

The Knicks have been impressed by the job Miller has done as interim head coach and is expected to be offered a position to stay with the franchise even if he's not offered the head coaching job.

New York fired David Fizdale as head coach early in the 19-20 season.

Shams Charania, Mike Vorkunov/The Athletic

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Knicks To Formally Begin Search For New Head Coach

May 27, 2020 1:29 PM

The New York Knicks will soon begin their search for a new head coach with a decision targeted in the next few weeks.

Tom Thibodeau is atop the list of targets for the Knicks.

The Knicks, however, are expected to interview Mike Miller for the job. Miller has left a strong impression throughout the franchise as interim head coach.

If the Knicks resume play as part of the NBA's resumption of the 19-20 season, Miller would coach out the remainder of the season. Miller could also be offered an opportunity to return to the Knicks in some coaching capacity next season. 

Kenny Atkinson likely will also receive an interview.

Shams Charania, Mike Vorkunov/The Athletic

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Knicks Announce Hiring Of Brock Aller, Walt Perrin, Frank Zanin

May 27, 2020 12:32 PM

The New York Knicks announced the following hirings: Brock Aller, vice president, basketball and strategic planning; Walt Perrin, assistant general manager - college scouting and Frank Zanin, assistant general manager - pro scouting. The Knicks have also announced that general manager Scott Perry signed an extension for the 2020-21 season. 

“We have assembled a diverse front office comprised of highly regarded and experienced basketball executives who have influenced some of the most successful players and organizations in the league,” Knicks President Leon Rose said. “These additions will complement the structure we already have in place and assist us in acquiring talent and developing strategies to build a team our fans can be proud of.”

Aller joins the Knicks after spending seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers in various roles. After four seasons as the team’s senior director, strategic planning, he was named senior director of basketball operations for the Cavaliers in July 2017. Aller played a key front office role in the Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship run, which ended Cleveland’s major league championship drought after 52 years. Prior to his time in Cleveland, Aller spent nine years (2005-14) in Detroit working directly with Dan Gilbert and Cavaliers ownership as a liaison and advisor on business and basketball operations.

Perrin joins the Knicks after spending 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, the last 12 years as vice president of player personnel. Perrin’s responsibilities included evaluating players on all levels and assisting the general manager with potential player acquisitions. Perrin assisted the Jazz in drafting All-Stars such as Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Deron Williams. He also acquired All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell in separate draft day trades with the Denver Nuggets. During Perrin’s tenure, Utah won three divisional titles and qualified for the playoffs nine times, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2006-07. Prior to joining the Jazz, Perrin spent time with the Detroit Pistons (1993-02) and Minnesota Timberwolves (1991-93) in various roles including assistant coach and director of scouting.

Zanin joins the Knicks after three years as a pro scout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He previously served as the assistant general manager for the Brooklyn Nets (2013-16), where he began his tenure with the team as a pro personnel scout (2010-12) and then director of player procurement (2012-13). In his four seasons with Brooklyn/New Jersey the Nets qualified for the playoffs three times. Prior to joining the Nets, he spent nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers in a variety of roles including video intern (1999-00), video coordinator (2000-03), advance scout/assistant coach (2003-06) and pro personnel scout (2006-08). During his tenure with Philadelphia the 76ers made the playoffs six times including advancing to the NBA Finals in 2001.

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Mike Budenholzer Was Reportedly Close To Taking Knicks' Job In Summer 2018

May 23, 2020 10:44 PM

Mike Budenholzer was reportedly close to taking over as the head coach of the New York Knicks in the summer of 2018, sources told SNY.

People who would have moved to New York along with Budenholzer were said to be looking for places in the city as they felt he would take the job.

The New York Post reported earlier that summer that Budenholzer was the Knicks' top choice heading into the offseason.

"Bud was definitely interested," another team official said of the Knicks' open position that summer.

The Knicks would go on to hire David Fizdale. 

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LaMelo Ball Is Top-Rated Point Guard On Knicks' Draft Board

May 23, 2020 12:09 PM

LaMelo Ball is currently the top-rated point guard on the New York Knicks' draft board, sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Knicks executives believe that Ball has one of the higher-upsides in the draft.

Leon Rose briefly worked with the Ball's older brothers when they were signed to Creative Artists Agency.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Knicks Hire Frank Zanin As Assistant GM For Pro Personnel

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Knicks To Hire Walt Perrin As Assistant General Manager

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Knicks Have 'Done Their Homework' On Cole Anthony

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Mark Jackson Says He Looks 'Forward To The Opportunity' Of Coaching Again

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Tom Thibodeau Says He's Been Visiting Teams, Studying Evolution Of League

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Mark Jackson Says 'I Look Forward To One Day Coaching Again'

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RJ Hampton Reportedly 'Under Consideration' By Knicks In Upcoming Draft

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Nets, Rockets To Join Knicks In Pursuit Of Tom Thibodeau

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Chris Brickley: Cole Anthony 'Would Love To Play In New York'

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Knicks Retain Scott Perry On One-Year Deal

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'A Couple' Knicks Players Wary Of Returning To New York In Mid-May

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Scott Perry's Future With Knicks Not Guaranteed But Safe For Now

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Tom Thibodeau Not Considered Candidate For Any Jobs Beyond Knicks

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James Dolan Recovers From COVID-19, To Donate Plasma For Medical Research

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Knicks Front Office Member Believes Trading For Disgruntled Star Is 'The Best Path For Us'

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Knicks Likely To Hire Brock Aller As Capologist

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Rich Paul: Mitchell Robinson Is 'Just Scratching The Surface'

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Leon Rose Reportedly 'Doesn't Know What To Make Of' Kevin Knox

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Cole Anthony Says 'It Would Be Pretty Cool' To Get Drafted By Knicks

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David Blatt's Consulting Contract With Knicks Expires

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