The New York Knicks are reportedly hiring former Knicks guard Rick Brunson as assistant coach Ian Begley of SNY.
Brunson played nine seasons in the NBA, with a stint with the New York Knicks from 1998 to 2001. Since retiring during the 2005-06 season, he has been an assistant coach in the NBA and college.
His relationship with Tom Thibodeau runs deep, and Brunson spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls and then two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rick Brunson also has a long-term relationship with current Knicks president Leon Rose, who has represented Brunson throughout his career as an agent for the Creative Artists Agency.
In 2018, the Timberwolves and Brunson reportedly parted ways, with the former player stepping down as the team’s assistant coach amid workplace misconduct allegations. Jon Kraczynski sports meeting.
Krawczynski reported that several women claimed that Brunson had “inappropriate interactions” with them while on the job.
Rick Brunson has been the head coach of Camden High School in New Jersey since leaving the Timberwolves in 2018. With Brunson as head coach and one of DJ Wagner’s top prospects in the country, Camden won the New Jersey Division 2 championship last year.
Now that a deal is finalized to fill the vacancy left by newly appointed Louisville men’s basketball coach Kenny Payne, Rick Brunson’s arrival in New York is sure to attract a lot of attention as his son Jalen Brunson is in the Become a free agent in the offseason.
Set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, Jalen Brunson has long been a name in the Knicks organization and now his father is the team’s coach, which could keep him away from the Dallas Mavericks.
The Knicks have a clear backcourt hole to fill this offseason, and the Mavs’ guard is exactly the kind of player they’re looking to add.
Not only will Brunson join the Knicks coaching staff with another familiar face alongside Thibodeau, but he will help New York with player development.