According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks and Tom Thibodeau are close to agreeing to terms on a five-year deal to become the Knicks’ new head coach.
Tom Thibodeau last coached with the Minnesota Timberwolves; he spent two-plus years with the Wolves before getting fired midway through his third year. Thibodeau did manage to take the Wolves to the playoffs in his second year there. It was Minnesota’s first playoff berth in 14 years.
Before Minnesota, Thibodeau coached the Chicago Bulls for five seasons. He led the Bulls to five straight playoffs appearances and won Coach of the Year in 2011.
Thibodeau has a record of 353-246 (.589) has a head coach. Which is good for 11th in winning percentage of all-time with coaches with 500 or more games coached. Thibodeau did spend some time with the Knicks from 1996-2004 when he was an assistant coach under Jeff Van Gundy.
With Thibodeau at head coach, you can look for the Knicks to bring back that tough Knicks mindset from the early 1990s. The former Bulls coach is an outstanding defensive mind; the knicks should be an improved defensive team next year. But the Knicks will need to upgrade their roster and need their young players to develop to be a better team.