The New York Knicks are currently finalizing a five-year deal with former Bulls and Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, bringing a new era of basketball to the Big Apple.
Thibodeau, who won the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year Award during his excellent run with Chicago, is expected to be announced as the franchise’s new head coach at some point this week.
This move could end up being a big win for the Knicks, who have struggled with a lack of consistency and winning results from their coaches ever since the turn of the century.
David Fizdale was the last coach to be kicked out of Madison Square Garden, being fired this winter after posting a dismal 21-83 record during parts of two seasons with the franchise.
While Mike Miller acted as the team’s interim coach during the majority of the 2019-20 season, it was clear that the franchise would look to bring in a big-name coach with whom to go forward, and they appear to have gotten their man in Thibodeau.
If things go to plan, the Knicks now have a tough, defensive-minded head coach who may be able to help their young, talented players and return the team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.