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Derrick Rose could reunite with Knicks, Tom Thibodeau?

Derrick Rose

The Derrick Rose-Tom Thibodeau partnership could be returning for a virtually unheard-of third installment.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the New York Knicks are among the teams interested in the Detroit Pistons guard Rose. Thibodeau, the Knicks coach, has a long history with the ex-MVP, having coached him on both the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rose, who is averaging 14.8 points and 4.6 assists per game off the bench for the Pistons this season, also played for the Knicks in the 2017-18 campaign. Thibodeau, meanwhile, has coached the 13-year NBA veteran Rose for a total of seven of those years.

Rookie Immanuel Quickley has emerged as a strong contributor for the Knicks at the point guard position. But their backcourt depth otherwise is still fairly sparse. The Knicks are currently in the hunt for the playoffs at No. 8 in the East, so a move for a veteran on an expiring deal like Rose would fit their timeline. Thibodeau also has quite a knack for pursuing his old players.

Knicks’ Kenny Wooten seems very pleased with new coaching staff

It’s very early, but the New York Knicks’ new coaching staff seems to have made an impression on one player.

Kenny Wooten, a former undrafted free agent who spent 2019-20 with the G League’s Westchester Knicks, took part in the first workout led by Tom Thibodeau on Wednesday. He tweeted a quick note afterward that indicates that the staff made an impression on him.

It’s certainly never a bad thing to see this from a player after meeting the new coaches.

The Thibodeau hire has won wide praise around the sport. Thibodeau also added Kenny Payne, a highly-regarded assistant coach at Kentucky, to his staff. The early results certainly seem good, but much will depend on whether Thibodeau and his staff get the players they need to be successful.

Tom Thibodeau officially named head coach of Knicks

Reports surfaced last week that the New York Knicks had reached an agreement with Tom Thibodeau, and the news was made official on Thursday.

In a lengthy press release, the Knicks announced the hiring of Thibodeau as their next head coach. President of basketball operations Leon Rose said Thibodeau is a “proven winner who gets the most out of the players and teams that he has coached.”

Thibodeau was believed to be the front-runner for the Knicks job from the start, in part because he has a previous relationship with Rose dating back to Rose’s time as an agent with Creative Artists Agency. Thibodeau also served as an assistant coach for New York from 1996-2004.

Thibodeau last coached with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was fired in January 2019 after making the playoffs just once in three seasons and losing in the first round. The 62-year-old has a record of 352-246 in the regular season and 24-32 in the playoffs as a head coach. His most successful stint came with the Chicago Bulls, when he led the team to the postseason five straight years.

While the Knicks did not disclose the terms of Thibodeau’s contract, it is reportedly a five-year deal.

Jeff Van Gundy endorses Knicks’ ‘elite’ Tom Thibodeau hire

Jeff Van Gundy

The New York Knicks’ hire of Tom Thibodeau as head coach has won a lot of praise, but one ringing endorsement that matters comes from someone who knows both the team and coach well.

Jeff Van Gundy said the Knicks made an “elite” hire in Thibodeau, and that he has what it takes to turn the franchise into a winner again.

“I’m extremely happy for Tom and equally happy for the Knicks as they hired an elite coach who will give everything he has to turn the Knicks around,” Van Gundy told Marc Berman of the New York Post via email.

Thibodeau knows the Knicks, and he knows Van Gundy. He served as an assistant to Van Gundy in New York and later Houston. Thibodeau knows what it’s like to work in New York and has a track record of success as an NBA head coach, so Van Gundy’s intuition may prove correct.

As for Van Gundy, it sounds like there’s at least some chance he could be coaching against Thibodeau next season at some point.

Tom Thibodeau finalizing five-year contract to become Knicks head coach

Tom Thibodeau

The New York Knicks appear to have the man they wanted all along.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks are finalizing a five-year contract with Tom Thibodeau to become the team’s new head coach.

Though the Knicks were linked to numerous coaching candidates, it was pretty clear that Thibodeau was their clear No. 1 choice, and has been for months. The team’s hiring of Leon Rose as team president, who is close with Thibodeau, only seemed to reinforce that.

Thibodeau’s most successful coaching stop remains the Chicago Bulls, where he made the playoffs in each of his five seasons. He went on to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance in 14 years in 2018, but he was dismissed as coach and team president in 2019.

Report: Tom Thibodeau is still leader to become Knicks head coach

Tom Thibodeau

The New York Knicks have opened their search for a new head coach to a wide range of candidates, but Tom Thibodeau reportedly is still the leader for the job.

The New York Post’s Marc Berman published an informative column on Tuesday about the Knicks’ head coaching search. He says the team has already gone through its second round of head coach interviews. Jason Kidd reportedly was impressive in his interview, but Thibodeau is regarded as the favorite.

Thibodeau had his formal interview with the Knicks last week.

Thibodeau hasn’t coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 2019. The 62-year-old has been close with new Knicks executive Leon Rose for two decades stemming from Rose’s time as an agent with CAA, which is the agency that represents Thibodeau. Thibodeau also served as an assistant coach for the Knicks from 1996 to 2004, so he has previous ties to the organization.

The Knicks went 21-45 before the season was suspended and will not be a part of the Orlando restart.

Report: Leading candidate Tom Thibodeau had formal interview with Knicks

Tom Thibodeau

The New York Knicks are in the process of searching for a new coach and interviewed their leading candidate on Thursday.

Tom Thibodeau had his formal interview with the Knicks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thibodeau has long been described as a favorite for the job. Reports said he was at the top of the team’s list and that the job is his to lose.

The Knicks nevertheless have interviewed numerous candidates for the position as part of a wide-ranging search. They seemed to try to first interview candidates that were headed to the NBA bubble in Orlando. Thibodeau is not currently coaching, which resulted in less time pressure to interview him immediately.

Thibodeau hasn’t coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 2019. The 62-year-old has been close with new Knicks executive Leon Rose for two decades stemming from Rose’s time as an agent with CAA, which is the agency that represents Thibodeau. Thibodeau also served as an assistant coach for the Knicks from 1996 to 2004, so he has previous ties to the organization.

Report: Knicks’ absence from restart boosting Tom Thibodeau pursuit

The New York Knicks are one of the eight teams that won’t be taking part in the NBA restart in Orlando, but it turns out that’s fine for them.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks will get a significant benefit in their pursuit of Tom Thibodeau as head coach because they’re missing out on that restart. Other teams with interest in Thibodeau, such as the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets, will be playing games until at least August, preventing them from getting going on their search.

Thibodeau would have interest in the Rockets job if and when Mike D’Antoni departs, according to Berman, but the lengthy wait likely rules them out as an option.

By all accounts, Thibodeau will be the next Knicks coach as long as he wants the job. Unless he wants to wait until August or September, it may well be his only option.

Report: Knicks head coach job is Tom Thibodeau’s to lose

The coach most frequently linked to the New York Knicks may be an even stronger favorite than previously thought.

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the belief within the league is that the Knicks job is Tom Thibodeu’s to lose. Thibodeau is reportedly so confident that he will land the job that he has already begun making preliminary calls to assemble a coaching staff.

Despite this, Thibodeau will not be the only interview the Knicks conduct. The current interim coach, Mike Miller, will have the opportunity to speak to the Knicks about the job. Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is also expected to speak to the Knicks.

We’ve heard for several days now that Thibodeau tops the Knicks’ list of candidates. All indications are that the former Chicago Bulls coach is equally interested. Nothing is ever a formality with the Knicks, but this continues to look more and more likely by the day.

Report: Tom Thibodeau at the top of Knicks’ coaching list

The New York Knicks are gearing up to search for a new head coach, and Tom Thibodeau sounds like the early favorite to land the job.

Knicks president of basketball operations Leon Rose has Thibodeau at the top of his list of potential coaching candidates, Shams Charania and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic report. The team is aiming to make a decision within the next few weeks, and Thibodeau is one of several big names that have been linked to the job.

Thibodeau hasn’t coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 2019. The 62-year-old has been close with Rose for two decades stemming from Rose’s time as an agent with CAA, which is the agency that represents Thibodeau. Thibodeau also served as an assistant coach for the Knicks from 1996 to 2004, so he has previous ties to the organization.

Interim head coach Mike Miller has reportedly impressed Rose, so he is expected to get an interview for the full-time coaching position. Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is also on the list, according to The Athletic.

Thibodeau recently downplayed rumors linking him to head coaching jobs and indicated he does not feel the need to rush back into coaching. The connections between him and the organization can’t be ignored, however, and there has been talk that Thibodeau wants the job.