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Tom Thibodeau changed the Knicks mindset

The Knicks are scoring two impressive straight wins, over the Bucks and the Cavaliers, posting a 2-2 record – their best start since 2015-16. And the coaches unlocked a potential All-Star in Julius Randle.

In the eight-man round Thibodeau used in Tuesday’s win in Cleveland, seven of the players were on last season’s dying squad. Yes, coaching matters as Thibodeau’s Knicks take on the Raptors on New Year’s Eve in Tampa, Toronto’s pandemic home.

“There is a shift in mindset,” said an NBA executive who spoke to Knicks Brass. “Thibs wants to win every game and he’s selling it to the players and they’re buying it up to now.”