DeSagana Diop replaces Derrick Alston as Knicks’ G League leader – La Nouvelle Tribune

Changes have been made to the New York team Knicks. DeSagana Diop will now take under his direction the League G thus replacing Derrick Alston. Still assistant in the organization a few days ago, Diop changes place in the organization of Knicks as head coach of his team Westchester League-G. Other challenges are now placed in front of the new coach whose signing is already creating some intrigue.

It’s official, DeSagana Diop becomes the coach of Knicks en G-League. First Senegalese to have played in NBA, DeSagana is the cousin of Makhtar N’Diayedirector of personnel Knicks. This new position would also be an opportunity for him to see certain faces New York ; For example, Johnny Bryantwith whom he worked at Utahcurrently assistant coach by Tom Thibodeau or Leon Rosethe president of Knickswho was his agent when Diop was a player.

Over time, the former player at the center of the NBA seems to have accumulated enough experience to allow him to fully assume his current position, as evidenced by his CV. In fact, originating from SenegalDiop was assistant to the Jazz from 2016 to 2020 where he notably worked with Rudy Gobert. He also worked with the current assistant Knicks, Johnny Bryant at Utah and led Donovan Mitchellthe current commercial target of Knicks. After his retirement, Diop also led to Texas Legends of the G-League from 2014 to 2016 and here he is again back in the League-G. With 601 games under his belt in NBA, Diop played from 2001 to 2013 with Cleveland, Dallas, the Nets and Charlotte.

Having as agent Leon Rosethe president of Knicks, Diop leaves an NBA assistant position to become head coach of the League-G. He was hired by Houston basically to be a great coach after a 12 year career in the NBA as a respectable defensive center. This promotion also suggests that DeSagana could well be promoted to the club NBA at any time during the 2022-23 season, in the event of a change of personnel. It should be remembered that the Westchester Knicks also have a vacancy on the coaching staff of the NBA following the departure of the assistant Kenny Payne pour Louisville.

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