Knicks, Thibodeau defends Brunson from criticism

As the Knicks look to improve on their fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference and playoff series win last season, New York coach Tom Thibodeau has a simple defense for Jalen Brunson.

“Tom Thibodeau on Jalen Brunson: ‘Anyone who doubts him doesn’t really know him,’” Athletic Knicks writer Fred Katz reported Friday.

This all stems from Hammon saying on ESPN’s NBA Today that “The Knicks don’t have a guy… you have to have a 1A guy.” When Kendrick Perkins retorted that Brunson is that “guy,” Hammond retorted “he IS too small!”

“If your best player is small, you’re not winning,” Hammond continued before admitting that “Steph Curry is the only guy” 6-foot-3 or smaller to win, citing John Stockton, Allen Iverson and Steve Nash as trial. of his “philosophy”.