Reporting has been very straightforward since the inception of the New York Knicks’ hiring process: Tom Thibodeau was the favorite. Jason Kidd and others had made ‘runs’ at the position, but at the end of the day, it looks like the strong relationship that Thibodeau has with the organization will carry the deal, with reports indicating that he is closing in on a five-year deal with the team.
Thibodeau will be picking up the reins of a team that has failed to make the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons. He comes off the back of a rather eventful stint in Minnesota, where he led the Timberwolves to a playoff berth for the first time in well over a decade and then saw the team fall apart in front of his very eyes. He was in charge of the Bulls for a spell, where Derrick Rose’s injury woes ultimately halted any momentum he and the team had built.