NEW YORK -- Michael Ray Richardson once said 'the ship be sinking.' Well, the New York Knicks have completed the first phase of their plan to 'Raise the Titanic.'
Hubie Brown will take over as head coach and Dave DeBusschere will sit behind the general manager's desk next season, it was learned today.
DeBusschere will replace Eddie Donovan as general manager and Brown will take over the head coaching job from Red Holzman, who will remain with the team as a consultant. Donovan is expected to be retained as director of player personnel.
Both DeBusschere, a former star forward with the Knicks in their glory days of the early '70s, and Brown, a former coach of the Atlanta Hawks, agreed to multi-year contracts.
Brown, who was in New York Tuesday, is currently working for CBS Sports and a cable television company as a commentator for the NBA playoffs.
The Knicks suffered through a disappointing 1981-82 season, winning only 33 games and finishing 30 games behind the NBA Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics.
Holzman, brought back as coach after Willis Reed was fired two years ago, was sharply criticized for what many believed to be a situation in which he lost control of several of his players. Holzman, one of the most successful coaches in league history, guided the Knicks to championships in 1970 and 1973.
Several Knicks were outspoken about the team's problems and Richardson, an All-Star guard, proclaimed 'the ship be sinking' in mid-season when the team was well into its slide toward last place after winning 50 games the previous year.
Forward Sly Williams was suspended twice for disciplinary reasons by Holzman and attendance at home games dropped dramatically. Brown, 48, was fired by the Atlanta Hawks on March 26, 1981.