Knicks fire Chaney
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks have fired head coach Don
Chaney. Assistant Brendan Malone will take over the club for Wednesday night’s
game against Orlando.
The club has scheduled a news conference for 5:45 p.m. (et) to officially
announce the move.
Chaney 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 had come under
heavy scrutiny of late and has been serenaded by fans at home with loud
chants of “fire Chaney.”
Chaney, who joined the Knicks’ coaching staff in August 1995, was 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.
In 11 seasons as a player in the NBA, Chaney 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.