New York Knicks Head Coach
Tom Thibodeau was named head coach of the New York Knicks on 30 July 2020. Thibodeau previously worked at the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls.
The two-time NBA Coach of the Year, Tom began his coaching career in 1981 immediately after graduating college. He started as an assistant for Salem State and later coached the team for a season.
Known for his defensive-minded coaching style, Thibodeau's first stint in NBA was with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota announced his hiring in an assistant coach role in 1989.
He then subsequently began to upgrade his resume while accruing valuable experience working for various top NBA franchises.
Tom Thibodeau NBA Career
- Minnesota Timberwolves (Asst) 1989-1991
- San Antonio Spurs (Asst) 1992-1994
- Philadelphia 76ers (Asst) 1994-1996
- New York Knicks (Asst) 1996-2003
- Houston Rockets (Asst) 2003-2007
- Boston Celtics (Associate HC) 2007-2010
- Chicago Bulls (Head Coach) 2010-2015
- Minnesota Timberwolves (HC) 2016-2019
- New York Knicks (HC) 2020-present
As an assistant coach for the Knicks, Thibodeau was part of the 1999 NBA Finals.
He later became a member of the Boston Celtics, playing a pivotal part in their victory during the 2008 NBA Finals and guiding them to the 2010 NBA Finals in a dual role as both an assistant and a defensive coach.
After working as an assistant in five clubs and serving as an associate head coach for the Boston Celtics from 2007 to 2010, Thibodeau landed his first head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls in 2010.
The following year, Tom won the NBA Coach of the Year award after guiding Chicago to a fantastic 62-win season. Then, in 2021, he received the honor again for helping the Knicks reach the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
He has led the Knicks to the playoffs in two of his three seasons with the team.
Besides, the Connecticut native has also worked as an assistant coach for the United States men's national basketball team between 2013 and 2016, contributing to Team USA's gold medal victory at the 2016 Olympic Games.