Tom Thibodeau isn’t the type of coach who focuses too much on outside noise when it comes to his team. He wants to win and he wants to win now, plain and simple. Unfortunately, that mentality doesn’t bode well for his New York Knicks according to Vegas. Tom Thibodeau and the NY Knicks are projected to be the NBA’s worst team in the 2020-2021 season.
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After finishing 21-45 last season and failing to make any key moves in the offseason, it is no surprise to see the Knicks projected to win a similar amount (22) of games this season. That being said, it is even less surprising that an old school coach like Thibodeau isn’t one to look too far into projections. Check out what the veteran coach had to say about the Knicks’ projections below.
“I never really pay attention to that stuff,’’ Thibodeau told the New York Post over Zoom. “If you go back over the years it’s really meaningless. What I look at is, ‘OK, this is our team. How can we get better? What gives us the best chance to win?’ It really doesn’t matter what the outside people think, whether it’s Vegas or anyone else. It’s what we think. If we come in each and every day and we do the right things and we play for each other, good things will happen.”
The low projection is, in part, due to the possibility that the Knicks will be in a position to tank for the next draft come the latter half of the season. Thibodeau, of course, wants no part of the tanking talk. He reiterated his commitment to winning as many games as possible, even if that means prioritizes veterans over young players.
The Knicks drafted high-flying forward Obi Toppin with the No. 8 overall pick of the draft and sharpshooting guard Immanuel Quickley at No. 25. The rookies will join a young core featuring RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, and Kevin Knox.
Coach Tom Thibodeau is committed to winning games this season, but considering his track record, Knicks fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath.
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