The New York Knicks have had several great guards on their roster over the years, and they're about to add another one to their coaching staff.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks are set to hire Hall of Famer Maurice Cheeks to work as an assistant to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Cheeks has been a head coach at three stops in the NBA, most recently with the Detroit Pistons back in 2014. 

He's recently worked as an assistant to Billy Donovan with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chicago Bulls.

As a player, Cheeks was known for his defensive tenacity and ability to fit whatever the team needed. 

He achieved success with the 76ers in the 1980s, winning a title with the team alongside Julius Erving and Moses Malone.

His defensive prowess should fit in well with Thibodeau's philosophy, as his teams have usually been defensively sound. With players like OG Anunoby and Josh Hart on the roster, emphasizing defense should be no issue.

The Knicks are looking to build on a strong season in which they advanced to the second round of the playoffs. They came within one game of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.

The team succumbed to injury and fatigue in Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers, and they'll enter the 2024-25 season with a clean slate.

With their stars back - including Julius Randle - the Knicks will look to make it even further in the playoffs next season.

We'll see what Cheeks, Thibodaeu and the rest of the coaching staff can do to help them get there.

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