Knicks’ Donte DiVincenzo takes note of Tom Thibodeau’s style in pursuit of epic franchise record

The New York Knicks may have made the best signing in free agency for the second straight season, as after moving on from Jalen Brunson in 2022, the signing of Donte DiVincenzo was a home run for the team this season. DiVincenzo is just 18 points away from tying the Knicks’ single-season record for most three-pointers made, which is 241, set by Evan Fournier in 2022. DiVincenzo credited Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau with giving him the freedom to score the way he does, despite arriving this season as a bench player.

“This is the foundation: defense and rebounding. If you defend, rebound and do what he asks of you, then offensively it’s a green light,” Donte DiVincenzo said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Post. “It’s freedom, within reason. There’s no situation where he’s going to say, “Don’t shoot that shot.” He wants everyone to play with the utmost confidence, as long as they play defensively.”

Tom Thibodeau has the Knicks in a solid position in the Eastern Conference, despite injuries to Julius Randle and OG Anunoby. The Knicks hope to recover in time for the playoffs to potentially take a step forward.