Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau did good job last year

There had been a lot of causes for the Knicks’ disappointing 37-win 2021-22 season, from accidents to underperformance to regression. Some even pointed the finger at trainer Tom Thibodeau.

Jeff Van Gundy believes that will be out of place blame. In reality, the previous Knicks trainer and present ESPN analyst has an excessively other tackle Thibodeau’s efficiency last season in comparison to the former year, when he led the Knicks to a fourth-place end and used to be the NBA’s Coach of the Year.

“I thought last year he did an even better job than he did the year before when he was the Coach of the Year. I thought their talent was much less last year, and I thought they had critical injuries and they had regression from their best player,” Van Gundy informed The Post in a telephone interview on Friday, regarding accidents on the level guard spot to Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose, and to Julius Randle taking a step again. “The one thing he did last year like he did the year before like [he’s done] most years: They played better late. They just kept improving, and so I thought he absolutely did as good a job as he’s ever done with any team he’s ever coached last year.”

Jeff Van Gundy (inset) said he believes Tom Thibodeau did a good job coaching the Knicks last season under difficult circumstances.
Jeff Van Gundy mentioned he believes Tom Thibodeau did a good job training the Knicks last season underneath tough cases.
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Now, it must be famous the 2 are shut. Thibodeau labored underneath Van Gundy with the Knicks within the past due Nineteen Nineties. But Van Gundy believes the Knicks advanced because the season went on, and so they did 12-7 down the stretch. He believes Thibodeau used to be handcuffed through a roster Van Gundy felt didn’t have just about up to skill as the former year and used to be too depending on Randle, and that the trainer were given up to he may just’ve out of the gamers he used to be given.

“There’s always going to be talk. The easiest person to blame when you’re less than what you want to be is the coach. That’s just the reality of it,” Van Gundy mentioned, when requested about the opportunity of Thibodeau going through warmth if this season is going south. “Listen, a very powerful particular person in any group is the person who choices the roster, proper, and so in case you’re telling me while you take a look at their roster that they underachieved last year, I might scoff at that. I feel it’s ridiculous.

“To me, he did an unbelievable job last year with keeping his team improving throughout the year, and he didn’t have a lot of good health, a couple of their guys didn’t have great years [that were] counted on, and he kept them in the hunt.”

As for this season, Van Gundy believes the Knicks have advanced through touchdown level guard Jalen Brunson and shot-making large guy Isaiah Hartenstein in unfastened company. The postseason must be a sensible objective, so long as the Knicks can keep slightly wholesome. He doesn’t envision a top-four end like two seasons in the past — the play-in is extra reasonable — however he sees reason why for the fan base to be constructive, specifically with the addition of Brunson.

“Overall, it’s just such an important position and you have a really good player, but also as a building block to become better than a play-in type team, you need to have talent plus basketball character. He’s got both,” Van Gundy mentioned. “I think it was a heckuva addition by the Knicks and I think it’s going to work out great for Jalen, too, because I know how much Tom appreciates his talent, his toughness and his intelligence.”

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