The New York Knicks parted ways with assistant coach Josh Longstaff, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.
Longstaff, 34, joined the Knicks in September 2014. was considered one of the hardest-working members on the Knicks staff, a source told Bondy.
Among his responsibilities included developing young players who would be used in New York's rotation, notably Willy Hernangomez, Ron Baker, Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway, according to Bondy.
Last summer, he spent time with Kristaps Porzingis in Latvia to help him work on his game. Longstaff was Porzingis' favorite assistant coach, according to Bondy.
Prior to joining the Knicks, he worked with the Oklahoma City Thunder as a player personnel and video coordinator and a video analyst and player development coach.
Because of the recent drama surrounding Porzingis skipping out on his exit meeting, Longstaff's exit will be given more attention for that unfortunate reason. The two had good working chemistry.
In actuality, this is an unfortunate ousting of a basketball lifer whom many players like. His upcoming as a coach (especially on the NBA level) is a relatively unorthodox one, which should prove he had to work that much harder to make his way up and get noticed. It's easy to root for underdogs and it seemed as though Longstaff had great rapport with those around him, so it's a shame he won't continue to grow and make an impact in New York. Talented coaching prospects are sometimes difficult to spot, but Longstaff has shown an aptitude for succeeding as a part of multiple teams and coaching regimes. It's a questionable decision to let him go.