The reason Knicks are playing good basketball, according to the GOAT Brian Scalabrine
The New York Knicks recently turned the tide in the early stages of the 2020-2021 NBA season. Head coach Tom Thibodeau has been at the forefront of the team’s turnaround and his former player in Brian Scalabrine knows exactly why.
“He’s just taking each guy and their skill set and bringing the most out of them,” says Scalabrine via SNY TV.
He previously played under Thibodeau who served as an assistant coach to Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics from 2007 to 2010. Scalabrine also followed Thibodeau in his first two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bulls.
Thibodeau has already been a revered individual in the league after his stint with Derrick Rose and company in Windy City from 2010 to 2015. He consistently led the squad to the postseason only falling short against LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Despite failing to reach the NBA Finals, Thibodeau still managed to bring the team back to relevance arguably for the first time since Michael Jordan donned their jersey. Several years later, he is now attempting to achieve the same feat with a Knicks side that has failed to see success since the departure of former star player Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks have improved due to the emergence of their core players in RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, and Julius Randle along with rookie Immanuel Quickley. The team is also currently holding an 8-9 record to nab the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tom Thibodeau and his team are still looking for their consistency on the floor but Brian Scalabrine is confident that the veteran head coach can get the job done and ultimately end a seven-year playoff drought for the franchise.
“Thibs is not going to change – he is who he is. He knows how to coach basketball, he’s going to coach it to win,” Scalabrine claimed.