- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Knicks have hired Kevin Whitted to coach their D-League team.
The Westchester Knicks announced the hire on Wednesday morning.
Whitted was teammates with Westchester Knicks GM Allan Houston in Tennessee.
He also has experience coaching professional basketball. He coached for three seasons as an assistant in the D-League. Whitted has also been nationally recognized as a basketball skills developer, training and developing elite level players in the NIKE Skills Academies.
“This is an incredible opportunity and I am very excited to be in Westchester,” Whitted said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with Allan and the entire Knicks organization in building a development system that is both fruitful and competitive.”
Houston said that he wanted a coach who has a working knowledge of the D-League and one who can coach the system Knicks coach Derek Fisher uses with the NBA club.
It is unclear how well Whitted knows the triangle. The coach will speak to the media on Thursday in an introductory press conference.
Said Houston: “Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team. Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.”
Former Bulls guard Craig Hodges was considered for the Westchester Knicks head coaching position. He could be added as an assistant to Whitted’s staff.
Knicks ink Mbenga: Phil Jackson announced on Wednesday that the Knicks signed 7-0 center Didier Mbenga. Mbenga was likely signed to a training camp deal. Mbenga won two titles in Los Angeles under Jackson. He most recently played overseas.
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