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Dan D'Antoni joins brother on Knicks staff

Jun. 21, 2008 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Dan D'Antoni joined his younger brother's coaching staff with the New York Knicks.

Mike D'Antoni, a Marshall University point guard from 1970 to 1973, was hired recently as head coach of the NBA team. Dan D'Antoni, who played point guard for the Thundering Herd from 1966 to 1969, was part of his brother's staff with the Phoenix Suns.

The D'Antonis are natives of Mullens, W.Va.

New York also hired former Suns assistant Phil Weber and retained Herb Williams from the staff of ex-Knicks coach Isiah Thomas.

"We have three top quality assistant coaches that will be great assets as we work toward our goal of bringing winning basketball back to New York," said Donnie Walsh, the Knicks' president of basketball operations. "Phil and Dan enjoyed tremendous success with coach D'Antoni in Phoenix, while Herb has been a great part of our franchise for many years."

Dan D'Antoni was an assistant in Phoenix for three seasons. Before that he won more than 500 games in 30 years at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He also founded the Beach Ball Classic, one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in the country.

Weber, from Northport, N.Y., was an assistant in Phoenix for nine years, including 4 1/2 under Mike D'Antoni

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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