Now that Phil Jackson has been mercifully put out to pasture, the New York Knicks continue to try and revamp their front office. After bumping Steve Mills up to president and bringing on Scott Perry as general manager, the Knicks have now hired former Bucks exec Craig Robinson to fulfill multiple duties. Via Ian Begley of ESPN.com:
He will play a role in New York’s player development program, which is considered crucial for a Knicks team committed to rebuilding around the young core of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez and first-round pick Frank Ntilikina.
This is the third significant front-office hire made by Mills since taking over for Phil Jackson last month.
Mills hired Scott Perry as general manager, and Mills and Perry brought in LA Clippers executive Gerald Madkins, a former Knicks scout, to serve as assistant general manager.
The 55-year-old Robinson is the brother-in-law to former President Barack Obama, and prior to working as vice president of player and organizational development in Milwaukee, was a head coach at Oregon State University for six seasons and at Brown for two seasons.
Though the Knicks are setting themselves up nicely to move forward, they’re still hampered by the Carmelo Anthony situation, whose trade to the Rockets (or elsewhere) they have not yet been able to finalize.