SALT LAKE CITY — The New York Knicks on Friday morning made official the hiring of Utah Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant as associate head coach, which was originally reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Aug. 18 (Bryant stayed with the Jazz until their season concluded).
Bryant’s move to the Big Apple marks the end of a long time spent in the Beehive State for the Oakland, California, native, who played at the University of Utah from 2005-2008 and has been with the Jazz since 2012. On Friday he posted a note on Twitter to express gratitude for the state and the Jazz.
“To the city and state that embraced me when I first step foot on the campus of the University of Utah, I say thank you,” he wrote.
Bryant went on to specifically thank a number of Jazz leaders, including the Miller family, Steve Starks, Dennis Lindsey and former head coach Ty Corbin. Bryant wrote that current Utah coach Quin Snyder “encouraged me daily to be the best coach that I can be.”
“To all the players, co-workers, those at the arena, the friends, simply everyone, I say thank you,” he wrote. “As I embark on a new journey, I am very appreciative for this opportunity to coach for the Knicks and I am excited for my next coaching chapter in New York.”
Highly regarded for his ability to help develop players, Bryant will be working alongside new Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau. New York’s roster boasts a bunch of young talent, including Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox and Dennis Smith Jr., and the Knicks own the eighth pick in this year’s NBA draft.