On This Date: Knicks fire Don Chaney

January 14, 2004:  The Don Chaney era ends

The Don Chaney era came to an end on this date as Isiah Thomas fired him shortly before their impending game against the Orlando Magic. After going through a morning shootaround, Chaney and assistant coaches Brendan Malone & Lon Kruger received notice that they were relieved of their duties.

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On This Date: Knicks extend Don Chaney’s contract

April 15th 2003: Knicks extend Don Chaney’s contract

After the Knicks went 37-45 during the 2002-03 season, GM Scott Layden gave Don Chaney a 3 year contract extension worth $7 million. Chaney had a record of 57-88 through his 1.5 seasons as head coach of the Knicks. Despite losing Antonio McDyess for the entire season, Chaney squeezed 37 wins out of a roster that was largely unathletic, old, and heavily dependent on Allan Houston’s production.

Unfortunately, the extension proved to be premature. After the Knicks started the 2003-04 season slow, the team fired Scott Layden & hired Isiah Thomas as the new GM. A month later, Isiah fired Chaney with more than 2 years left on his new contract. Fortunately, James Dolan didn’t seem to care much about paying former employees.