Knicks Announce Rest Of Coaching Staff

June 07, 2018 - 2:43 pm


The Knicks officially hired new head coach David Fizdale about a month ago. Well, a month later, his coaching staff that will join him is now set. The Knicks announced Thursday that Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, and Royal Ivey have been hired as assistant coaches. 

"We're thrilled to have this diverse group of high character coaches join the Knicks," said Fizdale. "They are highly motivated and bring a wealth of basketball experience that will be a great fit in developing and building this team. All four coaches are tireless workers, reliable teammates and share the same intense passion to win."

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Smart is no stranger to coaching as he's been an assistant/head coach in the NBA since 2000. He was on Fizdale's staff most recently with the Grizzlies (2016-2018). Smart was the head coach of the Cavaliers (2002-2003), the Warriors (2010-2011), and the Kings (2011-2013). He won a championship playing at Indiana and spent time playing professionally overseas. 

Buechler spent the past two seasons as a player development coach for the Lakers and was also the head coach for the 2017 Summer League team that won the championship in Las Vegas. He won three NBA titles with the Bulls as well (1996-1998). 

Ivey was an assistant coach the past two seasons with the Thunder. Prior to that he was a player development coach for their G League affiliate. Ivey played 492 games in the NBA, and he also happens to be a New York product. He played his high school ball in Queens and New Jersey and was born in Harlem. 

Sullivan has been around coaching since 1997 on the college and NBA level. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Clippers after being an assistant as well for the Wizards (2013-2016), Pistons (2008-2011), and the Nets (2005-2008).