The Knicks have announced their coaching staff for the 2008-09 season.
Herb Williams manages to survive yet another coaching change (this is now, remarkably, the fifth head coach that Herb Williams has served as an assistant coach under – can you imagine that? Five different coaches have chosen to keep Williams on staff – that’s amazing) to remain as an assistant with the team. While it has some downsides (not fully cutting the cords of the previous coaching administration), I like this move. Williams is a good guy and he has a good relationship with the players, so with D’Antoni short on staff (as Alvin Gentry stayed in Phoenix to bridge the gap from D’Antoni to new coach, Terry Porter), it makes sense to keep Williams. I’d imagine he would serve much the same role Gentry served in Phoenix – the sort of “player’s representative” on the staff.
The other two coaches are Phil Weber and Mike’s older brother, Dan, both of whom have served with Mike at Phoenix (Weber for the full term, Dan D’Antoni for the past three years).
Thanks to Jon Abbey for the tip.