According to multiple reports, New York Knicks are close to finalizing a five-year deal with Tom Thibodeau for the head coach position.
If reports are true then Tom will replace the interim Head coach Mike Miller. ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski has tweeted the same.
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
New York Knicks Search for head coach
The team was looking for a permanent head coach from last season, as they fired David Fizdale in the 2019 season. He managed the team for only 22 games and after that Mike Miller was chosen to serve the team as interim head coach until they found a permanent one.
The franchise’s search for the head coach was hard as they tried to interview all possible candidates that can fit into the side.
New York Knicks interviewed five formal head coaches. Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, Mike Woodson, Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, Mike Brown, and Miller.
They also interviewed five assistant coaches with no ‘head coach’ experience under their belt.
Tom Thibodeau- Which teams has he coached before?
The 62-year old has served as head coach for Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. The tenure at Bulls was successful among the two. He has a Career record for Tom is (352-246).
He managed Bulls from 2010-2015 in which the team reached the playoff stage in every season and was able to make it to one Eastern Conference final (2010).
His time in Minnesota was not as pleasant as the Bulls. Tom was fired as head coach in his third season with the franchise. He has also been with the Knicks as an assistant from 1996-2004. Tom should adapt to the New York Knicks office as he has worked there in the past.
New York Knicks 2019-20 season is officially over as they are not among the 22 teams invited to the bubble. They finished the season at the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference with a dissatisfactory record (21-45).