Tom Thibodeau confirmed that the Knicks office will have input on its technical staff, according to sources in the process who are new to it, as it has previously chosen its own guys.
Scott Perry, GM, said Thibodeau “will have the autonomy of whoever hires.” However, The Post has reported that new Executive Vice President William Wesley has requested that Thibodeau diversify its technical staff from the previous steps in Chicago and Minnesota. Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson and Mike Miller are expected to be on Thibodeau’s staff. Miller has one year left on his contract. Wesley caught Woodson when he coached the Knicks.
“No final decision has been made,” Thibodeau said in his introductory zoom call Thursday. “But when you put your staff together, you̵7;re looking at the qualities that you think will best suit your team, what you think you need. I think you always sit down with your office to go above and beyond the people you think you need. they can help.
“I trust we will sit down, I will listen [to] the people they have, I will recommend to some people I know. Some of them will go on both lists. I’m really comfortable with that. I think we will get a great 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 Knicks’ assistants and Andy went with him to Chicago and Minnesota. Larry was Thibodeau’s assistant in Minnesota.
Another lieutenant of Thibodeau is Dice Yoshimoto, who was with him in Chicago and Minnesota and is considered the man of utility. Thibodeau could also return Rick Brunson, the former Knick who was Leon Rose’s first client. Brunson worked for Thibodeau staff in Chicago and Minnesota, but resigned in 2018 for allegations of misconduct in the workplace.
Wesley is also close to Kentucky’s assistant, Kenny Payne, and a Kentucky media outlet reported that she would be considered. A source said Payne may not be interested. Payne recently told Kentucky ex-boss Kevin Knox in The Post he needs to turn the page on last season and a new technical team can help him reach his potential.