Brian Keefe Rumors
After locking in three members of his new coaching staff, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is pursuing an ambitious list of ex-NBA head coaches and assistant coaches for the two most prominent roles on his bench, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Donovan has a targeted interest in several potential candidates, including ex-New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, Chicago Bulls assistant Andy Greer and Portland Trail Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts, league sources said. Another possibility could be the return of New York Knicks assistant Brian Keefe, league sources told Yahoo Sports
Brian Keefe – A long-time Thunder assistant who bolted with Derek Fisher to New York last offseason. He’s highly respected within the organization. But if the desire is to bring in a new voice and freshen up the environment, Keefe wouldn’t seem to fit the bill.
With the Knicks officially announcing Derek Fisher’s coaching staff on Wednesday, it’s worth noting the relationship between new assistant Brian Keefe and Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. Durant, a free agent in 2016, is very close to Keefe, according to an NBA source. Keefe had been with Oklahoma City for seven seasons — the first two as developmental coach — before being promoted to assistant. The hire, unofficially made in mid-July, can’t hurt the Knicks’ pitch for Durant if they still have cap space to spend that summer. “He’s Durant’s guy,’’ the league source said.
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today additions to the coaching staff, including assistant coaches Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard and Brian Keefe and assistant coach, player development Joshua Longstaff. Per team policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.
Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe will coach the team during this week’s summer league in Orlando. Keefe, who is entering his fourth season on the staff, served in the same role last season in both Orlando and the Las Vegas summer leagues. Keefe, who played collegiately at UC Irvine and UNLV, has been instrumental in player development among other things during his tenure in Oklahoma City.