Feb 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau on the sideline during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks Targeting Tom Thibodeau?

Dec. 21, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson walks off the court past Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau after being ejected from the game during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Bulls won 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks tip off with the Chicago Bulls today at 1 pm. With the Knicks in shambles, rapidly falling out of the playoff picture, the Bulls have marched on without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng to a winning record and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

With the Knicks in turmoil, the biggest questions surrounding the team’s future have been around Carmelo Anthony’s free agency and Mike Woodson’s job safety. At this point, it seems as though the Knicks will ride out this season with Woodson rather than firing him with 23 games to go, but the latest New York Knicks rumors say the team is targeting Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Via Marc Berman:

If the Knicks can’t get [Jeff] Van Gundy out of coaching retirement — and they may try — Thibodeau’s name likely would top the Knicks’ list.


An obvious problem is Thibodeau, the former Knicks assistant under Van Gundy and later Don Chaney, still has three years left on his Bulls’ contract. Multiple sources confirm Thibodeau’s relationship with Bulls general manager Gar Forman could lead to a breakup after the season, when the Knicks could swoop in. Forman wouldn’t renew the contract of one of Thibodeau’s assistants, and friend, Ron Adams.

Thibodeau is obviously a remarkable coach. Despite his success with healthier, deeper Bulls teams in past years, this season may be his most impressive as he’s dragged a team led by Joakim Noah to a top-four seed and likely home-court advantage in the playoffs. And if the Knicks could land Thibodeau, it’d obviously be a big seeling point to Anthony this summer.

However, Bulls Vice President John Paxson isn’t so quick to let Thibs leave.

“He is not going anywhere,” Paxson said. “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say our team is the best prepared in the NBA with Tom as our head coach.”


Any play for Thibodeau might cost the Knicks a first-round draft pick, which they don’t have. Hence, it still seems a long shot.


“He loves Chicago,’’ a coaching source who has worked with Thibodeau told The Post. “They gave him his first head-coaching opportunity. I don’t know why coaches and GMs don’t get along better. But when someone throws a boatload of money at you?”

Thibodeau and Van Gundy are obviously long-shots, but if the Knicks desire to a.) keep Carmelo Anthony around, b.) hope to attract future free agents, and c.) get to a championship level, they need to hire experienced, capable coaches to get them there. No matter how far-fetched it may seem.

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  • Louis Harden

    Yes… Agree

  • Louis Harden

    In the meantime, is Dolan ignorant enough to let us literally bleed out in front of all of the fans? We should have signed Jimmer Fredette and moved on from Raymond Felton and if ANYONE disagrees…. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS…. The kid is dying to blow up and will use this bullshit to be a Garden lover in the wrong way. Now we’re stuck with the worst point guard in the NBA… no joke.

    Edit: Toure Murry should have been starting by now. This rookie can keep up/defend, and has some…some offensive prowess. I don’t understand why we are forced to watch Felton occasionally fool around with double doubles just to get physically abused by every point guard in this league during clutch/crucial play. He fouls, complains, and is lazy, just like how we played against the bulls today and have been playing as of late.

    • Pat

      As far as Raymond Felton is concerned, I don’t know why the Knicks coaching staff doesn’t move on from him, and give his minutes to develop their younger players: al a Murray and Hardaway. Because Felton will be trading in his blue and orange uniform for one that is straight orange next season.

  • Pat

    Let’s get Greg Popovich to coach the Knicks. That way we can lure Tony Parker here to lead Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love to a Knick’s dynasty!

    • Louis Harden

      you must be a troll for suggesting either of these scenarios. Pop will never leave the spurs and I’m convinced Phil Jackson would rather commit suicide than risk his reputation on the Knicks

      • Pat

        How am I a troll for loving my Knicks in spite of their recent struggles??? The Garden is the Mecca of the basketball world, and any coach alive should jump @ an opportunity to restore them to their glorious place in the basketball universe.

  • Pat

    Why haven’t the Knicks gone after Phil Jackson, or do we think he is too old now to handle the Mecca of Basketball that is New York City.