Recently, the former Timberwolves coach Thibodeau will become the Knicks coach. According to previous news, the two sides signed a five-year contract. The Knicks official Twitter also wrote: Welcome Thibodeau to the holy land of basketball. So how did the US media comment on the news that Thibodeau took office? For Thibodeau, which players can he cultivate well?
Previously, Tom Thibodeau had served as an assistant coach for the Knicks. He has been looking forward to returning to New York. In a statement, Thibodeau said: "I am grateful to have such an opportunity to return to this historic football team. Team, and work with a management that I trust, respect and have a sense of responsibility. I know how successful the Knicks look like. It’s unparalleled. I look forward to being a part of this team during the rebuilding process. I have Can’t wait to start working on my own."
Knicks president Leon Rose said: "Tom Thibodeau has proven to be a winner. He can maximize the effect of his players and the team he coaches. He will bring leadership to our team. We are very happy to bring him to New York, and look forward to working with him to build a successful future."
In Thibodeau’s coaching staff, Kenny Payne, Mike Woodson, and Johnny Bryant are all Thibodeau’s people who can cooperate well.
在Thibodeau的教练团队中，Kenny Payne，Mike Woodson和Johnny Bryant都是Thibodeau可以很好地合作的人。
First, let’s take a look at Payne. After 10 seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats, Payne came to New York. Payne has trained some outstanding big men in the NBA at this university, including Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony Towns and Bam Adebayor. At the same time, Payne also coached Knicks forwards Kevin Knox and Julius Randall. Therefore, it can be said that Payne is relatively familiar with the Knicks.
In addition, another assistant coach Woodson coached the Knicks in the 2012-14 season. Especially in the 2012-13 season, he led the Knicks to 54 victories during the regular season and helped the team enter In the playoffs. It is worth mentioning that Woodson is a very defensive coach because his team plays well on the defensive end. At the same time, Woodson has served as the head coach or assistant coach for 22 seasons in the NBA, and he has plenty of experience.
Let’s look at Bryant again. He was a player development assistant and assistant coach for the Utah Jazz. After the Jazz lost Hayward in 2017, he introduced players that fit the team system. Relying on young players like Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Jazz are still extremely competitive in the West. Strong team.
让我们再看看科比。他曾是犹他爵士队的球员发展助理和助理教练。在爵士于2017年失去海沃德后，他介绍了适合团队体系的球员。依靠多诺万·米切尔（Donovan Mitchell）和鲁迪·戈伯特（Rudy Gobert）等年轻球员，爵士乐在西方国家仍具有极强的竞争力。强大的团队。
In fact, apart from the coach, the Knicks have many talented players, including RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr. and so on.
实际上，除了教练外，尼克斯还有很多才华横溢的球员，包括RJ Barrett，Mitchell Robinson，Dennis Smith Jr.等。
Last year, the Knicks selected Barrett with the third overall pick in the 2019 draft. Barrett performed very well in his rookie season. He averaged 14.3 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal per game. , If Thibodeau cultivates this young man well, then he is likely to become a superstar. After all, under Thibodeau, he has trained players like Rose.
And Robinson has the skills of a modern NBA center. He has extraordinary blocking ability, easily completes the air relay, averaging 9.7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, and shooting 74.2%. However, for Robinson, he must solve his foul problem.
You know, for Jr. Smith, after coming to the Knicks, he spent the worst season of his career. His shooting percentage was low, with a two-pointer shooting rate of only 34.1% and a three-pointer shooting rate. Only 29.6%. At the same time, his playing time has been compressed to only 15.8 minutes.
Therefore, for Thibodoo, how to make good use of these outstanding young people is a top priority. At the same time, Thibodeau is not only about cultivating individual abilities, but also how to regroup them to make them a collective. This may be something that Thibodeau should consider.