Brown is officially headed in the Knicks' direction.
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The courtship between the New York Knicks and Larry Brown ended in marriage. The NBA's coaching nomad -- he's already led the Nuggets, Nets, Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, 76ers and Pistons -- was named head coach of the Knicks at a Thursday press conference.

"I want to thank Isiah, Jim Dolan and Steve Mills, as well as all the Knicks fans who have given me their best wishes during this time," Brown said. "There is no bigger stage than Madison Square Garden, and it is a privilege for me and my family to now be part of the organization and to be back in New York."

New York team president Isiah Thomas sought Brown after he was relieved of his coaching duties by Detroit on July 19. Last season the 64 year old Hall-of-Fame coach led the Pistons to within a game of a second consecutive title in only his second campaign with the team. Detroit fell short in Game 7 to the Spurs, 81-74.

The vacancy in Detroit paved the way for Flip Saunders to be named coach on July 21. Saunders had reportedly long been the frontrunner to be Brown's replacement in the event that Brown didn't return.

The developments follow a number of coaching hires this offseason.

As a player and coach, Nate McMillan has never been associated with any organization but Seattle. However, his stock soared after leading the Northwest Division-winning Sonics to the Western Conference Semifinals, and on July 6, the Portland Trail Blazers announced that they would introduce McMillan the following day as their 11th head coach.

The SuperSonics were left with a head coach position to fill. On July 18, Seattle named Bob Weiss, who had been an assistant with the franchise since 1994, as the 13th head coach in franchise history.

Shortly after the McMillan hire, Milwaukee made a move, naming Terry Stotts their new head coach on July 8. Stotts was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors last season after he manned the helm of the Atlanta Hawks in 2002-04. He also served as an assistant coach with the Bucks for four seasons under George Karl.

Another name making its way into the newspapers this offseason was none other than Phil Jackson, who had been rumored for every coaching vacancy from New York to Los Angeles to Cleveland. On June 14, Jackson put those rumors to rest by ending his one-year hiatus and returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he guided to three titles in five years after coaching the Bulls to six championships.

Several days later, Minnesota announced its successor to Kevin McHale. SuperSonics assistant Dwane Casey, who spent the last 11 seasons as a member of Seattle's coaching staff, won the right to lead KG and the Timberwolves in 2005-06.

In all, no less than nine teams have changed coaches since the end of the season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hired Pacers assistant Mike Brown, the Philadelphia 76ers brought back former assistant and player Maurice Cheeks and the Orlando Magic did the same with former head coach Brian Hill.

If you can't keep track of all the rumors about who is expected to fill other coaching vacancies around the NBA, don't worry. We have you covered.

July 21: The Pistons hired Flip Saunders as their new head coach.
Detroit selects Saunders
News conference video
Dumars, Saunders quotes
July 18: Seattle promoted longtime assistant Bob Weiss to the head coach position.
Sonics tab Weiss coach
News conference video
Player endorsements
July 8: Milwaukee welcomed former assistant Terry Stotts as their new head coach.
Bucks hire Stotts
News conference video
Babcock promoted
July 6: Seattle head coach Nate McMillan took advantage of his free agent status to land a deal with Portland.
Blazers introduce McMillan
News conference video
June 17: Minnesota pegged Seattle assistant Dwane Casey to lead KG and Co.
Casey named coach
News conference video
GM Stack re-signed
June 14: After a one-year hiatus, Phil Jackson returned as head coach of the Lakers.
Phil re-joins L.A.
News conference video
Rudy T steps down
June 2: Cleveland tabbed Pacers assistant Mike Brown as their new head coach.
Cavaliers hire Brown
News conference video
Ferry named GM
May 24: The Magic reunited with a familiar face in naming Brian Hill as their head coach.
Orlando hires Hill
News conference video
Coaching staff completed
May 23: It was a Philly homecoming for former 76ers guard Maurice Cheeks.
76ers hire Cheeks
News conference video
The Cheeks File