The Knicks have rounded out their coaching staff, with former Westchester coach Mike Miller moving up to join David Fizdale’s staff in the Garden for next season, and his former assistant Derrick Alston taking over the G League reins.
Miller — not the former NBA champ with the Heat, but the 55-year-old coach — won G League Coach of the Year back in 2017-18. Now he’s gotten a promotion to the NBA, filling the last vacancy on Fizdale’s bench. He also neatly fits the newfound player-development ethos the Knicks are trying to instill.
“Mike is an accomplished and respected coach who has been an integral member of the Knicks family the last four years with Westchester,” Fizdale said in a statement. “Mike is a great addition to the staff, a relentless worker who shares our approach to the game with an expertise in player development.”
The latter part isn’t shocking, considering Miller is an extended part of the San Antonio tree. While he never served directly under Gregg Popovich, he was an assistant with the Austin Toros, the Spurs’ G League squad. And since taking over in Westchester in 2015, all Miller has done is acquit himself well and hone talent.
Westchester was coming off a horrible 10-40 season when Miller arrived, but it’s been 108-92 since. And over the last two years the team has gone 61-39 with consecutive trips to the conference finals and nine call-ups, the most in the G League. Granted, the latter was impacted by the Knicks’ own sorry roster, but still impressive.
Miller’s promotion fills an opening created when assistant Howard Eisley left for college, taking a spot on Juwan Howard’s new Michigan Wolverines staff. It rounds out a group that includes Jud Buechler, Kaleb Canales, Royal Ivey, Keith Smart and Pat Sullivan.
Alston, who was Miller’s assistant in Westchester, will now get bumped up to G League head coach.