Naxalite crook President Leon Rose said he had “no time” to break the seven-year playoff drought, but felt he had hired a coach in player development that would speed up his journey.
Thibodo admits his two young Bedrake pieces to RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson and two other young prospects, Kevin Knox and Frank Nitlikina, have gone through “growing pains”. Thibodo said he did not want to make any hasty decisions until he worked with him in mid-August for “Delete 8” at the OTA.
On the zoom call, Rose faced questions from the media for the first time as he introduced Thibodo as his head coach.
He said, ‘We have not set any deadline. We are taking it once a day. We felt that Tom is the coach who with development can take us to become a perennial winner. One step at a time, ”Rose said. “At the moment we don’t know what the roster will be next. We have decisions to make. The important thing is to promote culture, focus on development and take it from there. “
The Knicks have several free agents of their own, who have to decide whether to exercise their option, but Knox and Nitilina are in between their fraudulent contracts. Taking the 2017 lottery, Ntilikina arrived late this season. Knox, his 2018 lottery pick, has faded.
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“Along with Frank and Kevin, they are both young people with talent,” Thibodo said. “That being said, I’m not making any real observations until I’m around them. Like most young players, there are growing pains going through you and steps for players to take. Sometimes we measure people against already established people and you forget the steps that are meant to take those people where they are. This is an important part of that. Understand how you get there to work, sacrifice and Commitment. Determination and perseverance are critical to their development. “
Rose recently called Barrett and Robinson their two fundamental pieces. The Post has reported that Thibodo is most keen to work with Robinson, an elite shotblocker, to make him an even more polished defender.
“I want to get around the players to work with them and get to know them better,” Thibodo said. “Based on the film, I think RJ’s future is as bright as Michelle Robinson’s. They are two who stand out. But we have plenty of young talent. Until I get around them, I don’t like to make merit on people. “
Rose has to decide whether to exercise team options over Taj Gibson, Reggie Bullock, Elfried Payton and Bobby Portis. Maurice Harkless is a free agent. Gibson has previously played for Thibodo in Minnesota and Chicago and could be a candidate for a comeback. Portis and Peyton are expected to be goners.