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Report: Knicks fired D-League head coaches because they were unhappy with Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s development

Texas Legends v Westchester Knicks

Texas Legends v Westchester Knicks

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Back in March, the Knicks fired Kevin Whitted as head coach of their D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, replacing him on an interim basis with Craig Hodges, who is no longer with the club. The New York Post‘s Marc Berman tweets that the development of 2014 second-round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo is at the center of the coaching turnover, and the Knicks aren’t pleased with the Greek forward’s development:

This week, Antetokounmpo signed a two-year deal with the Knicks, but it included just a $75,000 guarantee in the first season. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season in the D-League, but the Knicks evidently feel he hasn’t progressed to the point where he’d be a sure thing to make their roster. So he’ll have to fight for a spot in camp.