The New York Knicks have no part in the NBA games to be held in Orlando, as the team has been one of the worst on the East Coast this season, so it is already thinking about next season. ESPN reporter Adrian Wozniacki reported today (Saturday) that he is on the verge of signing as the Knicks coach for the next five years with Tom Thibodeau. Club president Leon Rose and the coach’s agent have agreed to the terms of the contract, with an official signing expected soon. The appointment may also affect Danny Abdia, as the Knicks will choose first places in the draft and may decide to bet on the talented Israeli.
According to the report, New York is building on Thibodeau’s player development capabilities and believes it will outline a working method that will return the team to being competitive, after six consecutive seasons out of the playoffs. The Knicks’ roster requires quite a few upgrades and consists mainly of young players, with the future of the team at this stage resting mainly on RJ Barrett, the rookie who was selected in third place in the 2019 draft.
Thibodeau’s winning streak over the course of his career is ranked 11th among coaches who have stood on the lines in at least 500 games. At the same time, the one who won the championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 as an assistant coach, comes after two shaky seasons at the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he also served as president of basketball affairs. On the one hand, he led her to her first playoff appearance after 14 years, but later quarreled with his star Jimmy Butler who demanded to be traded.
Thibodeau coached the Chicago Bulls for five seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals with them, when he was also named the coach of the season in the best league in the world in 2010. This is not the first time he has worked with the Knicks, where he served as Jeff Van Gandy’s assistant from 1996 to 2004.
The New York Knicks and Tom Thibodeau are finalizing a five-year deal to make him the franchise’s next coach, sources tell ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2020