Wednesday , Jan , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Isiah set to fire Chaney

New York, NY (Sports Network) – According to a published report, New
York Knicks president Isiah Thomas is expected to fire head coach Don Chaney.

The New York Daily News is reporting that Mike Fratello could be the new coach
of the Knicks, possibly as soon as after Wednesday’s game against the Magic.

Chaney has guided the Knicks to just a 15-24 mark this season and a 72-112
record since taking over for Jeff Van Gundy on December 10, 2001. He has come
under heavy scrutiny of late and has been serenaded by fans at home with loud
chants of “fire Chaney.”

If all goes as planned, Fratello, who is a New Jersey product and a former
Knicks assistant under Hubie Brown 20 years ago, will coach his first game on
Friday against Seattle.

The plan to install Fratello also includes moving special assistant Mark
Aguirre to the bench. Aguirre has been with the team since December 29,
evaluating players and helping with coaching after practices. The status of
Chaney’s assistant coaches — Brendan Malone, Lon Kruger, Michael Malone and
Herb Williams — is unclear.

Fratello, who is currently a broadcaster for several networks, has 14 years of
head coaching experience in the NBA with Atlanta and Cleveland, but hasn’t
coached since guiding the Cavaliers in 1998-99. He garnered Coach of the Year
honors after the Hawks posted a 50-32 record in 1985-86.

Chaney, who joined the Knicks’ coaching staff in August 1995, is in his fourth
head coaching stint. He won NBA Coach of the Year honors by leading the
1990-91 Houston Rockets to a 52-30 mark.

Chaney wore an NBA uniform for 11 years and was part of two NBA championships
as a member of the Boston Celtics (1969 and 1974). Chaney also was a five-time
NBA All-Defensive Second-Team selection. Drafted by Boston in 1968, Chaney
spent nine-plus seasons with the Celtics and also played for the Los
Angeles Lakers.