Knicks HC Tom Thibodeau named NBA Coach of the Year
It has been a bittersweet week for the New York Knicks after getting bounced from the playoffs in a series loss against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. However, head coach Tom Thibodeau received the NBA 2020-2021 Coach of the Year award in his first season coaching in Madison Square Garden.
2020-21 NBA Coach of the Year: New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 7, 2021
The Knicks finished as the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. Julius Randle made the All-Star team and won Most Improved Player of the Year, and NBA veteran Derrick Rose came over midseason via trade and was named a finalist for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Coach Thibs deserves this for propelling the Knicks into playoff contention and bringing life back into the Big Apple. For Thibs, this is his second Coach of the Year award as he won another a decade ago as head coach for the Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks got it done mainly on the defensive end and he found ways for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and other young players who found their niche on a playoff squad.
The Knicks head into free agency with some big questions, but they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and should be key players in the Eastern Conference for the next few years at the very least.
Hats off and congratulations to coach Thibs.