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REPORT: Kenny Payne to the Knicks “has real legs” but is not finalized

It’s been a busy week for Kenny Payne news. Just hours after Jeff Goodman reported Kentucky’s associate head coach was contemplating a job offer from the Knicks, Payne broke his silence with a conversation for the Herald Leader, saying “it’s not an easy decision.” Now, basketball insider Adam Zagoria is reporting the deal “has real legs,” but is not done yet.

In his tweet, Zagoria again threw in the name Bruiser Flint as a potential replacement for Payne’s spot on UK’s staff. He added Mike Woodson – the Knicks’ former head coach – is also still in the mix for the vacant assistant coach position.

In Zagoria’s article, published on Forbes Sports, he also wrote the organization is “expected to hire a staff focused on player development,” which is exactly what Payne has become known for throughout his time at Kentucky. The “big man whisperer” has played a significant role in getting Kentucky’s players ready for the NBA, often in just a single season.

KSR’s Matt Jones also addressed the situation on Twitter, calling the move “a real possibility” while adding a decision should be announced within the next week.

Until then, we wait…

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

6 Comments for REPORT: Kenny Payne to the Knicks “has real legs” but is not finalized

  1. kykid16
    7:40 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    I know I’m biased but why would anyone want that job? Thanks but no thanks!

    • PensacolaCat
      8:26 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink


    • Mathlete
      10:00 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Opportunity to coach in the NBA… If you love coaching but don’t like constantly being on the road recruiting, it’s probably a pretty sweet gig.

      Plus, KP definitely has a long term goal of being a head coach somewhere and getting some NBA experience will add some gravitas to your recruiting

  2. T-Town Cat
    9:24 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    With the way the Knicks operate, there’s no guarantee Randle and Knox will be on the team next season.

  3. UKinIN
    11:30 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    If you’re Payne and you’re hired to deliver KAT and Booker you better do it. But it’s not recruiting. It’s dealing with agents and trying to get players to walk away from bigger max deals with their current teams. I wouldn’t go near it. (Of course no one is calling my phone and offering me the job.)

  4. BigBluSoTru
    2:21 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Really people WWWes needs Payne in the NBA so he can sign former UK players . Fyi Wes is the reason those same players went to Uk in the first place. Wes and Payne are boys and he is just bringing KP to the big league via a short cut Payne probably has wanted to be a coach in the NBA all along. He can always get a college job NBA gigs are not as easy to get without serious connections.