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Former Kentucky star Keith Bogans promoted to Knicks coaching staff

This is a big step in his coaching career.

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Keith Bogans roamed the court of Rupp Arena from 1999-2003 to the delight of Kentucky fans, and now he will be working the sidelines of Madison Square Garden.

After serving as an assistant coach in the Knicks’ G-League organization for two seasons, he has been called up to assist interim head coach Mike Miller after David Fizdale was fired earlier this week.

Bogans last played in the NBA in the 2013-2014 season with the Brooklyn Nets before being traded to the Boston Celtics in the famous trade including Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. After playing in just six games with Boston, he was traded from the Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers and then to the Philadelphia 76ers within a matter of days before being waived.

His last stint in professional basketball was with the Westchester Knicks of the G-League in 2016. The following year, he joined their coaching staff.

After beginning the 2019-2020 season with a league worst 4-18 record, coach David Fizdale was fired by Knicks management. Mike Miller was promoted from the head coach position at Westchester, where is was the 2017-2018 G-League coach of the year, to the NBA club and decided to take Keith Bogans along with him. Bogans will now have the opportunity to work with former Wildcats Julius Randle and Kevin Knox in New York.

The Knicks roster is not in a place to compete for an NBA championship right now, but they do have young talent that has the potential to develop into a formidable NBA team. Will Mike Miller and Keith Bogans end up being a part of the long term plan? Only time will tell.