The New York Knicks formally announced the hiring of Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach right this moment. The transfer places a confirmed winner on the helm of a rebuilding group that hasn’t topped .500 in seven seasons.
Thibodeau will be a part of the franchise and have full autonomy over his teaching workers, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News stories. He’ll concentrate on participant improvement, which is a refreshing precedence for a company that has unexpectedly sought aggressive groups with out present process a real rebuild.
Thibodeau’s model helped the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves take their very own younger rosters to new heights however considerations about how onerous Thibodeau rode gamers weren’t overstated.
Thibodeau instructed the media, together with Sports Illustrated’s Howard Megdal, that he’s come to view minute restrictions in another way than he did prior to now. That willingness to innovate may very well be the distinction maker for Knicks followers with hopes tied to younger stars Mitchell Robinson, R.J. Barrett and whomever they draft within the 2020 NBA Draft lottery.
Offered Thibodeau’s concentrate on participant improvement bears actual fruit, the Knicks might have a vital constructing block in place for future success. Thibodeau’s potential to churn out playoff groups just isn’t in query, it’s merely a matter of whether or not he can accomplish that in a means that’s sustainable for the franchise.
Thibodeau was New York’s frontrunner for the teaching place for over a month earlier than he was employed however considerations over his contract held up the deal. We wrote final week how the Knicks had begun to contemplate Jason Kidd for the place as nicely.