In his first year in The Mecca, the defense-minded tactician led the Knicks to an insane second half regular season run were they finished at the fourth spot.
Although they exited in the first round after a gentleman sweep from Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks, New Yok has a lot to be proud of. They have defied numerous expectations this season.
While obviously Thibodeau will be back as their head coach, they are now carrying a bigger expectation coming in to the 2021-22 NBA season with the emergence of Julius Randle and the much better version of Derrick Rose.
Thibodeau first won the award back in 2011 wherein he led the Chicago Bulls, in which Rose became the youngest MVP, to an Eastern Conference Finals finish.
Here’s what he said after becoming the winner of the award:
“What you think goes into winning and that’s the hard work, the discipline, the sacrifice, playing for each other, and that was the best thing about our team.”
“Every day you look forward to seeing them. Sometimes we fell short, but the next day they came back with great determination and their willingness to play for each other was special.”