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.
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