Mike Miller Has Support To Remain On Knicks’ Staff

As the Knicks intensify their pursuit for a new head coach, interim head coach Mike Miller has support from people in the organization to remain on the coaching staff, SNY’s Ian Begley reports.

Miller, 55, was moved up from assistant coach to interim head coach following the dismissal of David Fizdale in early December last year. While the Knicks’ losing record persisted, the team played better under Miller, going 17-27 in 44 games until the season was stopped amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With new team president Leon Rose in the fold, the Knicks reportedly have former Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau at the top of their list. However, in addition to Miller, the team also plans to interview former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson and former Knicks head coach  Mike Woodson.

While Miller’s lone head coaching experience has been a 44-game stretch this season, he has experienced success at other levels, most notably winning Coach of the Year with the G League’s Westchester Knicks in 2017/18. It remains to be seen if Miller will be given a serious opportunity to become the full-time head coach, but he has impressed team officials enough to at least be in the mix.

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12 thoughts on “Mike Miller Has Support To Remain On Knicks’ Staff

  1. Brandon Sans

    Knicks won’t win until they recognize they aren’t a destination.

    1. A new regime is hired. This regime promises no short cuts and patience to rebuilding the Knicks.

    2. Regime hires a coach

    3. Because they’re not that good, they start to lose. After a year or two, they fire the coach.

    4. They clog their cap space with B/C level players because they essentially have to overpay for anyone to come.

    5. They continue to lose. The GM is fired. The process begins.

    2010 it was supposed to be LeBron. Then by getting Melo a second superstar would want to come, then they’d get bailed out by KD and Irving.

    Their best chance to acquire assets and focus on building a winning culture. That’s what happened in Brooklyn and with the Clippers. Even if they didn’t get their superstars, they still had somewhat competitive futures and flexibility going forward.

  2. Sillivan

    Nature of business

    99% of time

    You have to overpay tier 2 players to success

    Gallo
    Harrell
    VanVleet
    Morris

    Knicks can find a way to sign 3 of them

    If sign only one,Knicks rebuild on rebuild

    Small town likes rebuild on rebuild

  3. Sillivan

    Knicks starters
    Harrell
    Robinson
    Gallo
    Barrett
    VanVleet

    Bench
    Ball
    Trade Randle and picks for a rookie at the begin
    Trade Mavs picks

    • greg1

      So, second tier FA’s are only way to success Sillivan?!

      That frontcourt would be horrible. Gallo has no business playing the three anymore, while Harrell and Robinson would just get in each other’s way. Neither can score outside of eight feet from the basket.

  4. TJECK109

    So does this mean he has the right to the remains of the coaching staff should they die?

    • jump shot

      Well, he won’t get fired. He just won’t be given a new HC contract.
      But, to your point, if he was smart (as he seems to be), he would use this “successful” stint he had as an interim hc with the Knicks and parlay it into an assistant coaching job with a real (NBA) organization. I doubt being an asst. coach with the Knicks is a destination spot for many coaches – more like a landing spot if you couldnt get anything else.

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    NY has more basketball history. Than any city in the world. They are only team that has sold out for 25 yrs. There’s a reason they are most valuable franchise in NBA. Even though they haven’t done much in last 15-18 yrs. Do you know why the Garden is called the Mecca. Still since Ewing they really haven’t done it right. Last time they built a team. They scraped it for Mello. Which was pretty dumb. That’s been the Knicks under Dolan. Took Phil to get them to rebuild the right way, they draft. Dolan couldn’t work with Phil either. Fizdale another debacle. Dolan is not a basketball guy. And he’s too much of a meddler. Let’s hope Rose can follow thru on the rebuild. The right coach is important. Plus you have to be able to deal with NY. Thibs and Atkinson both fit that bill. Thibs has never really worked with a young team. Makes me think if he is coach. They probably will make moves to upgrade team. Let’s hope they get it right. Either way this draft is huge for NYK. Probably be picking 3-6. Should be able to get a starter there. With 3 picks in first 35 picks. They will add young talent. They have options. Miller will probably go back to bench. With a good draft and right moves. They can stay the course of rebuild. Plus grow into playing for 8th seed. Patience

  6. x%sure

    The grammar suggests that HR is attracting the Knick fans that dropped out of school.
    At least this is a Knick article above^. They’re not even alive anymore, with no internal wish to re-assemble. Done, and in limbo.

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