The new Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau grew up in Conn., UK. It still has its old home in the state, 85 miles from the Knicks Internship in Tarrytown.
During an introductory Zoom press conference on Thursday, Thibodeau mentioned his new position as a “dream job.” “He said that four times.
“It’s a dream for me,” Thibodeau said. “It simply came to our notice then. … Maybe that’s why I grew up in Connecticut. My father, my family, we grew up as Knicks fans. I’ve been there before, I understand New York perfectly. I think we have the best city in the world, the best arena and the best fans. I was there in the 90s and it was an extraordinary experience. “
For the first time in nearly eight months, the Knicks officially have a permanent head coach. They announced this on the first day of the NBA̵7;s 22nd team renewal as the Knicks try to run their dead franchise after spending seven years in the playoffs.
Larry Brown once called the Knicks his “dream job” and left after one disaster between the ages of 17 and 65. Thibodeau has been a former assistant coach since the 1990s Hall of Fame, who, along with the Bulls, became a coaching coach and even overcame the Minnesota 13-year playoff drought in 2018.
But now Thibodeau may face a bigger challenge with James Dolan’s mortal Knicks. Asked how he could decide on a perennial mess, Thibodeau did not shy away from mentioning the championship, which the team did not select in 47 years.
“You won’t make big leaps without trying every step,” he said. “So I think the first step is to establish work ethic and how we want to play. A lot needs to be done. One of the most important things when studying a team is just evaluating effectiveness and when you see your own [net rating] is minus-6.54, you realize there is a lot of work to be done. And hopefully we can force players to play for each other and start forming those habits.
“Of course, the main goal is to bring the championship back to the city, where in New York it is synonymous with winning and championships.”
Knicks president Leon Rose will be on the hook if Thibodeau’s old-school methods don’t work. Rose, a former spokesman for his creative artists ’agency, said renting a Thibodeau is a“ comfort level ”because of their long-term relationship.
Rose called 62-year-old Thibodeau “the perfect candidate for the job, given that he will demand accountability, he will have to improve and create a culture of success.”
“We hired not only a great basketball coach, but also an elite coach,” Rose said. “His principles and goals embody everything Knicks Basketball represents.”
On Saturday, Thibodeau agreed on a five-year deal. Some of the league’s publicly available appraisers believe the deal could be worth at least $ 25 million – even with a pandemic discount that will make his Knicks debut play without fans.
Thibodeau thanked Dolan for his comments and listed 15 coaches from whom he took details, from Jeff Van Gundy to Bill Musselman. Thibodeau called the former Knicks coaches, with whom he worked with “the best staff ever assembled.” Guys like Brendan Malone, Don Chaney, Jeff Nix, Steve Clifford, Andy Greer, Mike Malone are many of the head coaches in the league today. ”
Thibodeau made it to the Timberwolves playoffs, but accusations unrelated to young Minnesota players prompted him to shoot in 2019. Month of January.
Thibodeau refused to go deeper into Minnesota.
“It was more of a rebuild, a team that hasn’t won much in a long time,” he said. “So I think you choose from each experience, but each experience is different.”
Sources said Thibodeau was intrigued by a possible opening in Houston, but he said he was attracted to the Knicks because of the flexibility of the lid and the abundance of numerous drafts (the first seven holders over the other four drafts).
“The three main reasons why this job was so appealing to me was the current staff, which is now young and talented. There is room for growth, “said Thibodeau. “It simply came to my notice then. Second, Leon and Wes need to work [William Wesley], two people I have known extremely long ago. And, thirdly, there is all the draft purchased, as well as the location of the lid. We have many different ways to improve a team. ”
Thibodeau tried to dispel his reputation as a basketball-obsessed, humorless drone sergeant with no other life. He joked about this long-standing Knicks writer, saying, “I can’t believe you’re still around,” and denied that all he did during his unemployment time was visit other teams’ internships, which he did a lot.
“I went on vacation several times,” Thibodeau said. “I know people don’t think I do that. But I ran away and lay on the beach in Miami for a couple of weeks. ”
The Knicks interviewed 11 candidates in seven weeks, but Thibodeau was listed as the leader all the time.
“We did due diligence in this search,” Rose said. “We were open and heard from many different candidates with different philosophies. The depth of the search was what we felt for the fans. We wanted to fix that. “