After weeks of speculation, the New York Knicks' D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, announced on Wednesday that Kevin Whitted will be the head coach of the team for their inaugural season. Ridiculous Upside caught wind from a source late last month that Whitted was the leading candidate for the job.
Whitted has coached at the professional level for eight years, splitting time between the NBA D-League, American Basketball Association and Professional Basketball League. He was most recently the interim head coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Whitted has a long standing relationship with the Westchester Knicks' general manager, Allan Houston, as the two were basketball teammates at the University of Tennessee. Per the team's press release:
"Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team. Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community."
The Knicks will introduce Whitted to the media on Thursday, October 9th at 4:15 PM at the Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Their season will kick off on November 16th against the Oklahoma City Blue, and their home debut will be three days later, November 19th, against the Canton Charge.