New York Knicks and Tom Thibodeau agree to terms of a deal that would make Thibodeau the team’s new head coach.
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
Thibodeau’s contract is a five-year deal. This does not come as a shock considering Thibodeau was the early favorite to land the job.
He was a part of the Boston Celtics Championship team in 2008 as an assistant coach and coached the best era of Chicago Bulls basketball since Michael Jordan.
He became the head coach of the Bulls in 2010-11 and won the Coach of the Year that same season. He coached a team, led by MVP Derrick Rose, to the Eastern Conference Finals. After tension built between Thibodeau and the front office, he was let go by the Bulls.
In 2016, Thibodeau became the head coach and president of Minnesota Timberwolves operations. In his second season with them, he brought them to the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons. However, Thibodeau was fired partially through the 2018-19 season and hasn’t worked since.
The Knicks have had six different head coaches since 2014. None of which has the resume or past success of Thibodeau. Last season, David Fizdale was fired after 22 games posting a 4-18 record. Mike Miller took over for the rest of the season and had a 17-27 record.
With his history of bringing success to previously poorly run franchises. This hire is an inspiring one for New York Knicks Basketball.
The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2014 and have a 167-347 record since then.