The New York Knicks on Monday hired former Oregon State basketball head coach Craig Robinson to the front office, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Robinson is the brother of former First Lady Michelle Obama and, of course, the brother-in-law of former President Barack Obama.
Robinson is expected to work in player development. He previously worked in player development with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015, coached at Oregon State and Brown University and played on the Princeton basketball team along with Knicks’ president of basketball operations Steve Mills.
According to the New York Daily News, Robinson played a role in Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Robinson also once gave a scouting report on brother-in-law’s basketball game to Esquire Magazine.
“When I played basketball with Barack, he was quietly confident, which means he had good self-esteem without being cocky. He was certainly a team player — he wasn’t a pig, he passed when he was supposed to pass, and he cut when he was supposed to cut. To me, that speaks to a lack of selfishness. He had natural leadership ability, because he didn’t just pass me the ball because he was dating my sister.”
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