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Knicks hire Tom Thibodeau as coach

Kurt Helin is optimistic about the Knicks' hiring of Tom Thibodeau, but explains there some key things that must happen in order for the franchise to get turned around.

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


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.