Steve Popper of Newsday added more context to the reported hire:
Bryant carved out an important role for the Jazz during his time on Quin Snyder's staff and is "renowned for his player development," according to Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune, who added it was a "a big loss for Utah."
Jazz radio announcer David Locke added that "from a basketball aspect this is significant. Johnnie is great at what he does. He has a great relationship with Donovan [Mitchell] and he is a great skill teacher. Developing and losing talent is hard if it is a coach or player your organization has invested in."
Mitchell chimed in on Instagram after the news broke (h/t Daily Knicks):
"He's really intense, but he's laid back at the same time—he's always got something to say," Mitchell said in 2018, per the Salt Lake Tribune. "I work as hard as I possibly can to shut him up."
Bryant's player development background will be important for a Knicks team with a lot of young talent, including RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson, among others. Those players are the future of the organization, and getting the most out of their upside will be key for a Knicks team that has been mired in mediocrity for years.
Bryant's work ethic also impressed Mitchell.
"I watch film a lot, but I've never met someone who watches it more than me," he added in 2018. "He's always trying to find ways to get guys better and find little tweaks to improve your game."