Pat Sullivan Rumors
According to a league source, if the Knicks made an in-season coaching move one of two assistants – Mike Miller or Pat Sullivan – would likely be promoted. Miller coached the Knicks G League affiliate. Coincidentally, assistant coaches Keith Smart and Kaleb Canales all have head coaching experience. Royal Ivey, who has drawn interest around the league over the summer, and Jud Buechler would not be under consideration.
Miller joins a staff that includes Keith Smart, Kaleb Canales, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan and Royal Ivey. New York prides itself on the player development acumen on the coaching staff. Ivey was a key player development coach in Oklahoma City and remains so in New York. According to SNY sources, several teams with assistant coaching vacancies have expressed interest in Ivey. It is unknown if Ivey interviewed with any teams. New York would need to grant permission for teams to interview Ivey.
Ian Begley: Rasheed Wallace with Knicks assistant coach Pat Sullivan before tonight’s Knicks-Nets game. Wallace, an ex Knick, worked with the club’s big men at practice on Sunday. He played with New York in 2012-13.
Fizdale is expected to hire Keith Smart as his lead assistant. Other candidates for the bench, according to reports, include Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, Royal Ivey and Pat Delaney. Howard Eisley, who was an assistant under Jeff Hornacek, could remain on the staff.