Mike Miller, previously the head coach of the Westchester Knicks, will join David Fizdale and the New York Knicks in MSG next season.
The New York Knicks are making an adjustment to head coach David Fizdale‘s staff. Mike Miller (not the former NBA player) will be joining Fizdale after coaching the team’s G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.
“Mike is an accomplished and respected coach who has been an integral member of the Knicks family the last four years with Westchester,” said Fizdale. “Mike is a great addition to the staff, a relentless worker who shares our approach to the game with an expertise in player development.”
As Fizdale notes, Miller’s expertise is in player development. Prior to running a successful campaign as head coach of Westchester, Miller racked up extensive experience in the college ranks. He won the G League Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season in which Westchester won a franchise-record 32 games.
The Knicks must place an emphasis on player development this year. Although they brought in a number of veterans via free agency, the core of the team still consists of young players like Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, and RJ Barrett.
Miller is a familiar face for the Knicks and he’s paid his dues for the organization. The Monmouth, Illinois native was with the franchise before Fizdale was hired which is notable. It’s clear that the former G League coach made an impression on Fizdale last season.
For years, Miller spent his time working behind the scenes in Westchester. As an assistant for Fizdale, he should be a major asset for a developing roster.