Knicks hire Tom Thibodeau as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Knicks have hired Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach. He has received a five-year deal.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau laughs on the sidelines during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers
Tom Thibodeau laughs on the sidelines during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers (Getty Images)

“Tom Thibodeau is a proven winner who gets the most out of the players and teams that he has coached,” New York Knicks President Leon Rose said. “He will bring leadership, accountability and a hard-working mentality to our organization. We are excited to bring him back to New York and look forward to collaborating with him and his staff toward a successful future.”

The Knicks season is over, as they were not one of the eight teams, who were invited to Orlando, Florida to compete for a playoff spot in the NBA bubble.

Mike Miller was serving as the team’s interim head coach since December 6th, 2020 through the NBA shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. David Fizdale began the season as the team’s head coach before he was relieved of his duties.

Thibodeau has been out of coaching for more than one-year. He was fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 6, 2019.

During his final season with the Timberwolves, he lasted just 40 games before his exit. He went 19-21 before Minnesota made the decision to part ways with their former coach and replace him with Ryan Saunders.

Thibodeau was the Timberwolves head coach for two plus seasons. He made the playoffs once during his tenure before being eliminated in the first-round.

Besides being the Timberwolves head coach, he also spent time as the Chicago Bulls head coach. His best season as a head coach came in 2010-11 when he guided the Bulls to the Conference Finals.

He is 352-246 in 598 games. He also has a .589 win percentage. Thibodeau also has a 24-32 playoff record in 56 games.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to this historic franchise as head coach and work alongside a talented front office that I have great trust in and respect for,” Thibodeau said. “I know what New York is like when the Knicks are successful and there is nothing comparable. I look forward to being a part of what we are building here and can’t wait to get to work.”

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