The Knicks made it official on Wednesday, announcing the hiring of veteran assistant Jim Cleamons as an assistant coach.
The team also announced that Rasheed Hazzard, Brian Keefe and Joshua Longstaff had been added to Derek Fisher's staff.
Cleamons was an assistant under Knicks president Phil Jackson with the Chicago Bulls for seven seasons and with the Los Angeles Lakers for 10 seasons. He was an assistant on nine of Jackson's 11 NBA title-winning teams. He and Kurt Rambis should help first-year coach Fisher implement Jackson's triangle offense.
Hazzard spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers (2006 to 2011), including as a member of NBA championship teams in 2009 and 2010, working in player development and as an advance scout, and also as an assistant coach for the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate.
Keefe had been a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization for the past seven seasons, serving as an assistant coach for the past five years. He joined the Thunder in 2007 as a player development coach after two seasons as an assistant video coordinator with the San Antonio Spurs, including the NBA championship team in 2007.
Longstaff had spent the past four seasons working for the Thunder in a player development role and as a video analyst. He developed a strong relationship with Fisher in Oklahoma City.
D-League holds draft: The Knicks' D-League team, the Westchester Knicks, held its expansion draft on Tuesday. They selected ex-Knick Jerome Jordan and ex-Big East Player of the Year Luke Harangody, who starred at Notre Dame. Click here for a full list of the players selected. If any of these players decides to sign a D-League contract this season, the Westchester Knicks hold their rights. The team will also participate in the league-wide D-League draft in October.
The Knicks also hold the D-League rights to Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who they drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft. Antetokounmpo has reportedly agreed to sign a D-League contract to play for Westchester.
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