D'Antoni keeps Williams, adds two former Suns assistants
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks added three assistants to coach Mike D'Antoni's staff Friday, retaining Herb Williams from Isiah Thomas' crew and signing former Suns assistants Phil Weber and Dan D'Antoni.
"We have three top quality assistant coaches that will be great assets as we work toward our goal of bringing winning basketball back to New York," said Donnie Walsh, the Knicks' president of basketball operations. "Phil and Dan enjoyed tremendous success with coach D'Antoni in Phoenix, while Herb has been a great part of our franchise for many years."
Dan D'Antoni, Mike's older brother, was an assistant in Phoenix for three seasons. Before that he won more than 500 games in 30 years at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He also founded the Beach Ball Classic, one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in the country.
Weber, from Northport, N.Y., was an assistant in Phoenix for nine years, including 4½ under Mike D'Antoni. He was an assistant coach at the University of Florida, Chaminade University and Iona College before joining the Suns in September 1999.
Williams has been with the Knicks since 2001. He served 44 games as the interim head coach, including the final 43 games of the 2004-05 season after Lenny Wilkens was fired.
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