The Knicks have fought defensively in recent seasons: they finished 19th in the NBA in points conceded per game (112.3) when the matches were suspended on March 11th.
They also ranked 29th in the percentage of goal goals on three opponents’ points (38.1 percent).
The Knicks need improvement on that part of the plan, Thibodeau is considered an elite defensive coach.
The Bulls ranked among the best NBA teams on the defensive when Thibodeau was at the helm, and he was also a Celtics high-level defense architect as assistant to Doc Rivers when Boston won the championship in 2008.
Before the start of this season, several Knicks talked about wanting to play defense like the Knicks of the 90s, but never came close once the games started.
Thibodeau was part of Jeff Van Gundy’s staff for some of those Knicks teams from the 90s.
Now he must try to bring back what made these teams so successful.