Report: Knicks moving forward without Kristaps Porzingis' favorite assistant coach

The New York Knicks' strange offseason continues. 

First there was Phil Jackson's bold statement about wanting Carmelo Anthony to leave, despite Anthony being under contract and holding a no-trade clause. Then there was the drama with Kristaps Porzingis, as the Latvian youngster skipped his exit interview and was reportedly unhappy with the organization.

Now, according to a new report, the Knicks will be parting ways with Porzingis' favorite assistant coach, a move sure to further strain the relationship between the team and its budding star. Via ESPN:

The New York Knicks are not renewing the contract of assistant coach Josh Longstaff, according to a team official.

Longstaff has a strong relationship with Kristaps Porzingis and several other young players on the roster. It is unclear if there is any correlation between the organization's decision not to renew Longstaff's contract and its current issues with Porzingis.

Longstaff was the assistant coach who was closest to Porzingis.

He was the lone Knicks coach to attend Porzingis' camp in Latvia last summer. Porzingis worked closely with Longstaff and presumably will be unhappy with the club's decision not to bring the coach back.

This is just weird. 

It would be one thing if the Knicks were making wholesale changes to the coaching staff and Longstaff just got caught up in the wave, but this almost feels like a statement of some sort.

But why? Why would you purposefully further upset your best young player just weeks after he skipped his exit interview because he was so frustrated with how things were going?

I guess we can just sum this one up as Knicks gonna Knick. 

NBA Writer

Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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