Knicks hire Tom Thibodeau as coach

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The Knicks were reportedly finalizing terms to make Tom Thibodeau their next coach.

Finalized.

Knicks release:

The New York Knicks announced today that Tom Thibodeau has been named the 31st head coach in franchise history. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Tom Thibodeau is a proven winner who gets the most out of the players and teams that he has coached,” said Leon Rose, president, New York Knicks.  “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.”

“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,” said Thibodeau. “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.”

Well, this is certainly a fair assessment of Thibodeau. He definitely brings “leadership, accountability and a hard-working mentality.”

How about collaboration, player development and perspective? That remains to be seen.

Even if he’s a good coach – more what he showed with the Bulls than with the Timberwolves – the Knicks make it tough to succeed.