New York Knicks name Tom Thibodeau as new head coach

The former Knicks assistant coach (1996-2004) signed a five-year deal to guide a rapid rebuild alongside new team president Leon Rose.

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

Thibodeau, who previously was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls (2010-15) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2016-19), had been considered the frontrunner for the job and had a formal interview in early July.

"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."

Thibodeau's decades-long relationship with Rose made him an early favourite, despite the team's intention to interview at least 11 candidates. Thibodeau was represented by Creative Artist Agency when Rose and newly hired executive vice president William Wesley ran the agency's basketball department.

Thibodeau replaces David Fizdale, who was fired in December. ราคาบอลวันนี้

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