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Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau loves this big NBA rule change

The NBA took measures to scale back the quantity of fouls known as this season, and defensive-minded Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau “thinks it’s a really good change.”

“When I came into the league many years ago, you wouldn’t get two free throws unless you made an aggressive move to the basket,” Thibodeau stated Tuesday after the Knicks’ first apply of coaching camp. “In the outdated days, in the event you have been making an attempt to trick the official, you didn’t get any calls.

“Now, I think the league has caught up to that so hopefully it will be a lot better. I don’t think anyone wants to see a game where there’s 80 free throws shot. I think we all want the flow of the game to go [well].”

The new guidelines will restrict fouls known as on “non-basketball moves,” akin to offensive gamers launching themselves into defenders and shooters kicking out their legs at irregular angles.

Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau talking to the media on Sept. 28, 2021.
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“[I’m] studying it, asking questions, learning new ways to draw fouls. Just being a student of the game,” stated Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley, who shot 89.1 % from the free-throw line as a rookie. “The sport adjustments from year to year. From 2000 it’s not the identical as 2010. From 2010 it’s not the identical as 2020.

“So the game keeps changing. You have to keep adjusting and be versatile enough to do different things and be the best player that you can be. So adjusting to the game and watching film and just learning.”

Asked particularly about Quickley’s capability to get to the road, Thibodeau added: “Quick, to his credit, is a great student of the game. He benefited. Quite frankly, in watching all the fouls from last year, he actually got fouled.”


Thibodeau was not shocked Derrick Rose, who additionally performed for him in Chicago and Minnesota, revealed Monday that he’s anticipating to be the backup level guard to newcomer Kemba Walker this season.

“He’s always been that way,” Thibodeau stated. “He was that means when he was in highschool. You speak to the folks he performed with in highschool — there are video games the place he didn’t shoot the ball. He’s the [NBA] MVP at 22 and he was the identical man. He was completely selfless, joyful for his teammates, no matter his teammates did.

“Everyone who’s played with him — the same thing we were saying about Kemba, we could say about Derrick. His teammates have always loved him because he’s always cared about them. He’s always been a team-first guy, he’ll do whatever you ask of him. And that’s what makes him special.”


Thibodeau stated guard Luca Vildoza “is in a boot” with a foot harm initially suffered throughout summer time league. His $3.325 million wage for this season isn’t assured.

“What we look at, we have one roster spot open. And so, right now, you base it on the guys that are available, and who can help the team the most,” Thibodeau stated. “We have all camp to figure that out.”

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