Tom Thibodeau confirmed that the Knicks' front office will have information on his training staff, a process sources say is new to him, as he previously chose his own boys.
Reports surfaced last week that the New York Knicks had reached an agreement with Tom Thibodeau, and the news was made official on Thursday. They have become a reliable punchline in the NBA and with one of the worst rosters in the NBA, Thibodeau will have a hard task ahead of him.More news: South Africa: Cases of COVID-19 top 500,000
The former Knicks assistant coach (1996-2004) signed a five-year deal to guide a rapid rebuild alongside new team president Leon Rose. "I know what NY is like when the Knicks are successful and there is nothing comparable".
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While Thibodeau is a big name that may excite fans, there have been questions about his fit with the Knicks. President of basketball operations Leon Rose said Thibodeau is a "proven victor who gets the most out of the players and teams that he has coached". However, others have pointed out that's not really true, as his work with the Bulls involved helping point guard Derrick Rose become the youngest MVP in National Basketball Association history.
One other key Thibodeau lieutenant is Dice Yoshimoto, who was with him in Chicago and Minnesota and is thought of his utility gentleman. Mike Woodson and Mike Miller, the Knicks' interim previous mentor, are predicted to be on Thibodeau's team.More news: Lizzo Throws Ultimate Vegan Watch Party for Beyoncé's Black Is King Premiere
The 62-year-old Thibodeau has a 352-246 career record over eight seasons with the Bulls and T-Wolves, including a 24-32 postseason mark across six playoff appearances. Out of contention for the playoffs, they are not taking part in the NBA's upcoming restart. Forward Bobby Portis has a team option at $15.75 million for 2020-21. The move puts a proven victor at the helm of a rebuilding team that hasn't topped.500 in seven seasons.