New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is still busy trying to fill out his staff for the 2012-13 season and came a step closer when the team hired shooting coach Dave Hopla as an assistant.
Toronto Raptors radio man Eric Smith reported via Twitter that the Hopla, who is considered a shooting guru around the league, will join the Knicks as an assistant who will work specifically with player development.
— Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) September 23, 2012
According to a league source (via Ian Begley), Hopla will work specifically in player development and conduct individual drills for the Knicks, similar to the role that former assistant Kenny Atkinson served last season.
Hopla has previously worked with the Wizards and Raptors as a shooting consultant, something the Knicks could use. As a team, the Knicks shot only 44 percent from the field last season (18th in the NBA) and also knocked down only 33.6 percent of their 3-point attempts (21st).
The Knicks are still looking to add one more assistant as former Charlotte assistant Lasalle Thompson has long been rumored to be one of the leading candidates for the job.
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