Tom Thibodeau’s bold stance on Kemba Walker playing in back-to-backs for the Knicks
If you thought Kemba Walker would get out of playing in back-to-backs for the New York Knicks, think again!
At his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Walker was asked if he will play in those back-to-backs that pop up on the NBA schedule. When the newest Knicks guard hesitated and pointed at head coach Tom Thibodeau for an answer, Thibs didn’t hesitate.
Will Kemba Walker play in back-to-backs this year?
Tom Thibodeau, off camera: "He's playing" 🤣 pic.twitter.com/TxWZ7iZZS5
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The no hesitation, “He’s playing,” answer from Thibodeau is hilarious. Thankfully, those in attendance and Kemba reacted accordingly by laughing as well.
What hasn’t been a laughing matter are the injuries Walker has gone through over the last year. It limited him at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs for the Celtics before he was ultimately traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. The Thunder couldn’t find a trade partner and ultimately bought out the bucket getting guard and that’s when the Knicks swooped in.
For New York, they got Walker on a team friendly deal making the move an easy one for Leon Rose and the rest of the Knicks front office.
For Kemba Walker, he will get a chance to play for the team he grew up watching as a Bronx native as he gets to wear the Knicks jersey for the first time.
It’s widely expected that Walker will start at the one spot for the Knicks but New York also has Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley in the picture as well. Even if he does play in those back-to-backs, New York can send out other reinforcements to at least limit the minutes for Walker, if need be.