On Friday, the Knicks parted ways with head coach David Fizdale and turned the reins over to Mike Miller on an interim basis.
Miller had been an assistant under Fizdale since the beginning of this season, but he hadn't had any NBA exposure prior to this year.
Here's everything fans need to know about the Knicks' new interim head coach:
- Miller, 55, is a native of Monmouth, Ill. After graduating from Monmouth High School, he played college hoops at East Texas State, helping the team win a Lone Star Conference title in 1984. He graduated in 1987.
- Miller has 30 years of coaching experience, most of which has come at the collegiate level. He got his start as an assistant at Western Illinois in 1989. He then spent a season as an assistant at Sam Houston State before moving on to Texas State. After spending four seasons as an assistant there, he became the team's head coach in 1994, holding the job until 2000.
He then spent six seasons as an assistant at Kansas State before landing the Eastern Illinois head coaching job, which he held until 2012.
- After a season as an assistant with UC Riverside, Miller made his move to the NBA ranks, as he was hired to become an assistant with the Austin Spurs, formerly the Austin Toros, of the G League.
- In 2015, the Knicks hired him to become the head coach of their G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks. Miller earned G League Coach of the Year honors in 2018, after leading the Knicks to a 32-18 record, the best mark in the league's Eastern Conference.
- After four seasons, Miller promoted to Fizdale's staff.
"Mike is an accomplished and respected coach who has been an integral member of the Knicks family the last four years with Westchester," said Fizdale at the time of Miller's promotion. "Mike is a great addition to the staff, a relentless worker who shares our approach to the game with an expertise in player development."