Tech's Hewitt denies Knicks rumor

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt denied a report in Wednesday's New York Post that he had interviewed with New York Knicks president Isiah Thomas for the team's head coaching position.

"There's no truth to it at all. I have not spoken to him," Hewitt said in a telephone interview late Wednesday night. "I have never met Isiah Thomas."

Hewitt, who turned 42 earlier this month, grew up in Queens and is a life-long Knicks' fan. Though there is no buyout in his contract if Hewitt leaves for a position in the NBA, he has repeatedly said that he has no desire to leave Atlanta until his three young daughters are grown.

Because of his ties to the area, the Knicks have long been rumored to be a potential destination for Hewitt.

The Post reported that Thomas has spoken to nearly 10 candidates, including several college coaches. The paper said the college coaches aren't considered serious candidates for the current opening, but could be in the future.

Tech guard B.J. Elder worked out for the Knicks on Tuesday and guard Will Bynum and center Luke Schenscher are expected to work out for the team today, Hewitt said.