NBA franchise team New York Knickerbockers has announced Thomas Thibodeau as their new head coach.
The Knicks had an underwhelming season finishing 12th on the Eastern Conference table before NBA went on break in March.
With NBA restart presently going on in Florida, New York Knicks is already preparing ahead of the next season with the acquisition of Thibodeau.
The former Chicago Bulls coach was elated to return to a side he was an assistant coach between 1996-2004. He described his appointment as his dream job.
“This a dream come true for me”, he said.
“This is my dream job, maybe part of that is I grew up in Connecticut. My father, my family, we grew up as Knicks fans.
“I think I experienced it during the ’90s that there’s no better place to be than Madison Square Garden. And so I love challenges, I love that city, I love the arena, I love the fans and I’m excited about the team.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to this historic franchise as head coach and work alongside a talented front office that I have great trust in and respect for. I know what New York is like when the Knicks are successful and there is nothing comparable.
“I look forward to being a part of what we are building here and can’t wait to get to work.
“I can’t wait to get going.”
The 62-year-old has an impressive CV so far in his coaching career. He was the associate head coach of the Boston Celtics in the 2007/2008 season, helping them to the NBA title.
He started his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant with the Salem state. He was an assistant coach with Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Philadephia 76ers and Houston Rockets.
He has coached in 214 playoff games as an assistant coach, associate head coach, and head coach.
He was famously remembered for his time at the Chicago Bulls leading them to their first First Division title since the Micheal Jordan era. Despite losing the Eastern Conference finals to the Miami Heat, Thibodeau was named the coach of the season in 2011 and after tying the record for most wins by a rookie head coach with 62 wins.
He is also the fastest coach in NBA history to earn 100 career victories accomplishing the feat in 130 games breaking the previous record set by Avery Johnson with the Dallas Mavericks in 2006.
He is a former Olympic gold medallist in at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil and a world champion at the 2014 FIBA world cup in Spain with the United State basketball team.
The knicks are getting a proven manager.