Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau won his second Coach of the Year award, the NBA announced Monday.
This was all done for a rapid turnaround by one of the league’s marquee franchises.
Thibodeau guided the Knicks to a surprise fourth seed finish in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the playoffs this year, exceeding most preseason expectations while using roughly the same roster as those near the bottom of the league. Before the season had ended.
Asked on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” if he had to change his message to adapt to today’s NBA, Thibodeau, who started as an assistant in the league in 1989–90, said on Monday, “Me Seems like you always have to watch how you’re conveying, but that doesn’t change everything you believe in.
Thibodeau said on the show after being announced as the winner, “You think that goes into victory and that’s hard work, discipline, sacrifice, playing for each other, and that’s the best thing about our team.” was.” “Every day you look forward to seeing them. Sometimes we fell short, but the next day they came back with great determination and their desire to play for each other was special.”
Thibodeau also won the award in his first season as NBA head coach, when he led the Chicago Bulls. 62-20 record during 2010-11 weather. A decade later, with Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson again on his roster, he has become the first coach to win the award in his first season with two different franchises, and the 10th coach to win it multiple times. The last Knicks coach to win was Pat Riley. After the 1992–93 season. Thibodeau was an assistant at the San Antonio Spurs at the time.
Thibodeau took first place with 43 votes and a total of 351 points, slightly ahead of Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams. Williams finished second with 340 points, while first place had more votes (45). Thibodeau’s victory margin was the smallest for the award since the current voting system was established during the 2002–3 season, helping NBA Williams lead a turnaround in the Phoenix, guiding the Suns, who have since 2010 Didn’t make it to the playoffs. Seeded second in the Western Conference and in a second-round playoff series against Denver.
Third place, with 161 points, went to Utah Jazz coach Quinn Snyder, whose team had the best record in the NBA, members of the news media voted for the award, but reporters from The New York Times do not participate.
Under Thibodeau, the Knicks made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2012–13. But once the Knicks got there, they lost in five games to the Atlanta Hawks and looked unmatched.
Nevertheless, this season was an unexpected success for the franchise. Thibodeau transformed the Knicks into one of the best defensive teams in the league and one that was often competitive on a nightly basis, a considerable difference from most Knicks teams of the 21st century. Thibodeau helped develop Julius Randall to an All-Star for the first time in his career, and last week, Randall Won the best player of the league award.