Tom Thibodeau made a name for himself as the hard-nosed head coach of the Chicago Bulls. He had a solid run from 2010-2015 that saw him take a talented roster to the playoffs in each of his five seasons.
He then joined the Minnesota Timberwolves and struggled before being fired in his third season. The veteran coach is now being linked to the New York Knicks job and one thing being referenced often is his career .589 winning percentage. Yet that doesn't tell the whole story.
Thibodeau would be joining a team that has not had a winning season since the 2012-13 campaign. There is no Derrick Rose or Jimmy Butler on the Knicks who can take over a game and make his job easier. The coach would essentially show up and try to institute an entirely new system for a young team that's still developing their identity.
Mike Miller is the current head coach after taking over for David Fizdale, who was fired last December. While hiring Thibodeau would bring a coach with success to the bench, the team has still demonstrated an inability to lure top players in free agency.
A system can only do so much if the talent is just not there. The early 2010s Bulls were some of the most talented teams in the game that were derailed by injuries to Rose time and time again. The Knicks are a disaster and Thibodeau's winning percentage is irrelevant. He would be facing the toughest job of his career and even getting near the .500 mark would be a major improvement for the franchise.