Larry Greer reunites with Tom Thibodeau, brother Andy in New York Knicks

New York Knicks, Tom Thibodeau

The New York Knicks have added Larry Greer as an advance scout, per The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov.

Greer is set to join his brother Andy under Tom Thibodeau’s staff after working with the Phoenix Suns last season.

The Greer brothers and Dice Yoshimoto have all previously worked together under Thibodeau in Minnesota.

In a Q&A with The Athletic last year, Larry Greer described himself as a utility man, doing a little bit of different things for Suns’ head coach Monty Williams.

“My role has always been as an advance scout,” Greer said. “That’s gathering as much information on the opponent, from the play calls to the little things that you might see (such as) they do this well, they don’t do this well, and kind of spoon-feeding it to the players so that they understand.”

“What I think one of my strengths is I can translate our opponents’ information into language that our players and coaches would know. As we’re watching a game, my experience being a scout is once the opponent calls a play, I can translate it to our guys into what our (similar) play is, to help them give them that split second of maybe helping them defensively.”

Larry Greer was let go by the Suns before the NBA resumed last season in Orlando Bubble.

He will bring over three decades of coaching and scouting experience to the Knicks. Before the Timberwolves and the Suns’ gig, he also worked as an advance scout for the Houston Rockets (2005-07), Portland Trail Blazers (advance scout from 2007-2010; assistant coach from 2010-12) where he worked with Williams.

In between his stints with the Timberwolves and the Suns, he also served as an Arizona State assistant coach. Before the NBA, he had worked as an assistant coach at Brandeis Judges (1989-1992), Boston University Terriers (199495, 2002-03), and Wright State Raiders (2003-05).

The Knicks are still planning to add more player development coaches to their staff.

A name to keep an eye on is Rick Brunson, a former Knick who was Leon Rose’s first client as an agent.

Brunson, whose son Jalen is currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks, has also previously worked with Thibodeau as an assistant coach in Minnesota.

Brunson recently stepped down from his post as Camden High head coach after one season with the Panthers.

Noted player development coach Royal Ivey, who was with the Knicks for the last two years, has moved on to the Brooklyn Nets, where he is reunited with his former Texas Longhorn teammate and good friend, Kevin Durant.

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New York Knicks add Tom Thibodeau’s trusted assistants and Mike Woodson (report)

New york Knicks, Mike Woodson

The New York Knicks are on the verge of adding Tom Thibodeau’s most trusted guys Andy Greer and Dice Yoshimoto, along with former Knicks coach Mike Woodson according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

Greer and Yoshimoto are no strangers to Thibodeau.  They have been with him since his first head coaching gig in Chicago.

Greer, who recently served as Mike Fratello’s assistant on the USA Olympic Qualifying Team, has been Thibodeau’s defensive coordinator in both Chicago and Minnesota.

Greer and Thibodeau have gone a long way since working together under Jeff Van Gundy’s staff and later on under Don Chaney in New York in the early 2000s.

Greer served as Thibodeau’s defensive coordinator in his last two stops while Yoshimoto has been a “swiss knife” starting out as video coordinator in Chicago and later on becoming a special assistant to the president of basketball operations in Minnesota.  Yoshimoto has also been involved with the University of Georgia as director of basketball strategy and video.

Woodson, meanwhile, has interviewed for the head coaching post, which eventually went to Thibodeau. He’s built a reputation in New York as a modern offensive coach who demanded accountability.  He’s been the last successful Knicks coach in almost two decades.

During the Knicks’ run to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2012-13 season, he guided the team to the third-best offensive rating at 111.1. He was also ahead of the curve as he relied on 3-point shooting to surround Carmelo Anthony. They led the league in both attempts and made 3-pointers per game while ranking fifth in percentage.

After being fired by Phil Jackson the following year, he went on to serve as an assistant coach in the Los Angeles Clippers from 2014-2018.  Prior to coaching the Knicks, he was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks from 2004-2010, guiding the team to three consecutive playoff appearances.

The three new assistants will join Kenny Payne and associate head coach Jonnie Bryant under Thibodeau in New York.