Dice Yoshimoto named Knicks Summer League head coach, second Asian American head coach in NBA history

Dice Yoshimoto named head coach for summer league

Dice Yoshimoto makes history as the second Asian American to be named head coach in the NBA.

NBA history: Yoshimoto, 40, was selected as the Knicks’ Summer League head coach last weekend, according to The New York Post.

  • “I think [diversity] is important. At the same time, I’m focused on getting better. I just want to be the best coach that I can be,” Yoshimoto said.
  • He said he’s been “fortunate” to learn from a guy like Tom Thibodeau, the head coach of the Knicks team.
  • Filipino American Erik Spoelstra, the head coach of the Miami Heat team, is the first and only Asian American to be a head coach during the regular season.

Former jobs: He started his basketball career when he played Division III Basketball, reported The Focus.

  • In addition to playing basketball, he has earned a Sports, Events and Entertainment Management degree as well as a Master’s in Education.
  • He worked with Thibodeau in the past as a head video coordinator and was with the Denver Nuggets. He later worked as the director of basketball strategy and video for the Georgia Bulldogs. 
  • Dice currently works in New York as Thibodeau’s assistant and video coordinator.

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