New York Knicks president Leon Rose has given head coach Tom Thibodeau full control of the team’s rotation through the 2022-23 season.
According to NBA betting sites, some sportsbooks are giving the Knicks higher odds of returning to the playoffs in 2023. They added former Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson to the roster during the offseason.
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During an interview with Stefan Bondy New York Daily NewsThe reporter asked Rose whether or not he would change playing time and minutes for his younger stars this coming season.
“No orders,” Rose replied. “We also love our young players. trust me. Tibis is a coach. Thibs decides who plays, how many minutes, what the rotations are.
One thing I know about Tibbs – he makes decisions based on who’s going to win a basketball game. It is his role and I have full confidence in it.
The Kink president trusts his coach on things. “Thibs, two years ago – coach of the year,” Rose continued. He has won Coach of the Year twice in his career.
“I’m really excited because it started on Tuesday. And one of the reasons I’m so excited is that Tibbs is leading the team.”
Knicks president Leon Rose allows coach Tom Thibodeau to control his team’s rotation
Fans are mixed on Thibodeau’s impact on the Knicks. In the 2020-21 season, Thibodeau coached the Knicks, who finished the regular season 41-31 (.569) and ranked fourth overall in the Eastern Conference.
It was their highest finish in the conference since finishing second in the 2012-13 season. As a result, Thibodeau won his second Coach of the Year award. He won his first award as coach of the Chicago Bulls during the 2010-11 season.
In addition, Julius Randle won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. In the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks lost to the Atlanta Hawks in five games.
Additionally, the Knicks finished 37-45 (.451) last season and missed the playoffs. Rose is hoping for another playoff appearance next season. Otherwise, Thibodeau will be on the hot seat in 2023.
In the 2021-22 season, veterans Alec Burks, Julius Randle and Evan Fournier were part of the starting lineup. Emmanuel Cloy, Quentin Grimes and Obi Toppin come off the bench.
Toppin was selected eighth overall by the team in the 2020 NBA Draft. Last season, during All-Star Weekend, the forward won the 2022 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
His playing time has been limited under Thibodeau, though. In 72 games and 10 starts last season, the Dayton product averaged 17.1 minutes per game. As the wing received more minutes, he posted career-high numbers.
In the year On April 10, 2022, in the Knicks’ 105-94 win over the Toronto Raptors, the second-year forward scored a game-high 42 points in 40 minutes of action. Some fans thought it was too little, too late. Toppin should get more playing time as Randle struggles.