New York Knicks: Interim Coach Mike Miller Doesn’t Believe in Dishing Major Minutes For Player Development

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New York Knicks Interim Coach Mike Miller whose expertise is in player development doesn’t believe dishing out major minutes to a young player necessarily helps player development. A viewpoint such as Mike Miller’s on this topic is crucial because player development is his forte. Yet plenty of Knick fans have an opposing stance to that of an expert player developer and former G-League Coach of the Year Award winner, Mike Miller.

Interim Coach Mike Miller believes the best development is experience. He also believes winning is a part of development as well. Miller explains his belief in development after a Knicks loss to the Washington Wizards earlier in February.

Recent Knicks head coaching search has landed at the front doorsteps of Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau never notably expressed his real feelings on player development, however, former players such as Karl-Anthony Towns expressed displeasure on how Thibodeau handled the development of younger players in the past.

Meanwhile, midseason in a very unpredictable Eastern Conference, Knicks sit in 13th place, seven games out of the playoffs. The New York Knicks are 13-20 (.394) since Miller took over – a clear improvement on the team’s terrible 4-18 (.182) start under prior coach David Fizdale.

Knick players seem to respect Mike Miller’s approach to everything. Therefore, it would be wise for the Knicks to lean toward keeping and promoting Interim Coach Mike Miller to the Head Coaching position especially if Miller and the Knicks close out the 2020 NBA season stronger than most will expect.

Overall, right now the best development for the Knicks is winning and experience not an overload of minutes. If an expert in player development doesn’t believe in overloading young players with huge minutes for developmental purposes then why should we?