GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Lenny Wilkens resigned as coach of the New York Knicks yesterday, likely ending his Hall of Fame career after barely a year with his hometown team.
General manager Isiah Thomas said assistant coach Herb Williams will direct the team for the rest of the season. Williams coached the Knicks for one game a year ago between Don Chaney's firing and the hiring of Wilkens.
"This is a difficult decision for me to make at this time because I really wanted to help the New York team get back to being an elite team," Wilkens said in a statement. "But after a lot of consideration, I feel it's the right time for me. The right move and best for all involved."
Thomas offered the 67-year-old Wilkens a front-office position, but Wilkens said he is not sure whether he will take it. Wilkens has two years and $10 million left on his contract, which Thomas said the team will honor no matter what Wilkens decides.
The resignation followed the Knicks' last-second home loss to Houston Friday night, their ninth defeat in 10 games.