The New York Knickerbockers announced the roster on Thursday for its entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League, to be held in Las Vegas from Jul. 11-21. All-Rookie First-Team selection guard Tim Hardaway Jr., center Cole Aldrich, forward Jeremy Tyler and guard Shane Larkin headline the 14-man roster, which also features two second-round 2014 draft selections, forwards Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Also announced, new head coach Derek Fisher will coach the Knick’s 2014 summer-league team. Many criticized the selection of Fisher due to the fact, not only does he lack head coaching experience, he’d never even been an assistant coach. The fact that Fisher was stilling playing 33 days ago didn’t make it a move smart on New York’s end in a lot of people’s eyes.
But when the 2014-15 NBA seasons begins, Fisher will have some coaching experience. It’s a rarity for a team’s regular coach to also serve as coach for the summer league. But Knicks president Phil Jackson and Fisher likely decided it’d be in the team’s best interest for Fisher to do so, given that he has no previous coaching experience.
New York will play a minimum of five games in the tournament-style format, with games scheduled to be held at Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Knicks first game is scheduled for Friday, Jul. 11 against Dallas at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. All Knicks games will air live on MSG Network, marking the eighth consecutive year that the network has provided full coverage of the NBA Summer League.